At a glance
A major oil sands operation in Fort McMurray wanted to reduce costs and improve sustainability across their operation. Guardian Chemicals introduced Terrasol for use in their wash bay. Testing proved replacing the competitors’ product resulted in reduced chemical consumption and cost.
This oil sands operation was grappling with excessive costs and environmental drawbacks with their current solvent degreaser. Baked-on oil sands residues, bitumen, oil and grease led to high chemical consumption rates. This led to higher costs and increased carbon emissions due to frequent and lengthy shipments.
Guardian Chemicals’ product, Terrasol, was introduced to the facility. Side-by-side performance testing revealed similar performance, however with Terrasol, significantly less volume was required.
52.7% Reduction in Degreaser Volume
Introduction of Terrasol reduced the volume of degreaser required by 52.7% from 18.5 L to 8.75 L. Estimated yearly consumption dropped from 150,000 L to 70,946 L.
45.1% Reduction in Annual Degreaser Cost
Based on estimated volumes, degreaser costs were reduced from $817,500 to $448,378.
Reduced Shipments and Carbon Emissions
Reduced degreaser volumes and proximity to Guardian Chemicals facility reduced shipments and shipping costs. Fewer shipments and less distance resulted in reduced carbon emissions.
Similar cleaning performance observed with both degreasers. Terrasol required an application of only 8.75 L vs 18.5 L for the competitive product, resulting in a 52.7% decrease in degreaser volume.
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