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Preventing transformers from exploding

Industry insider says use of mineral oil in transformers increases fire hazard

| | Mar 14, 2018 | 11:50 am
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Dubai, UAE, 14 March 2018: The use of mineral oil in transformers, in the oil and gas sector, increases the risk of fire, an area that demands safer fire suppressant solutions, said Barry Menzies, Managing Director, MIDEL Dielectric Fluids Global.

Speaking on the challenge, Menzies said: “Mineral oil by its nature is highly flammable. If the transformer leaks it out, the oil can easily cause fire, which is difficult to extinguish and it can last for days.”

Highlighting available solutions, Menzies said that ester-based fluids, such as MIDEL 7131, could be used for efficient cooling and fire prevention of transformers in the oil and gas sector, as the solution has been proven to be a fire-safe replacement for mineral oil.

Menzies further added the solution has also been proven to be biodegradable and doesn’t harm the environment, in the event of a catastrophic failure.



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