Breathing Easy with TerraSol ULV: Low VOC Degreaser Cleans Heavy Haul Trucks at Major Fort McMurray Oil Sands Operation

At a glance

TerraSol ULV, a low VOC multi-purpose solvent degreaser was introduced to a large Fort McMurray oil sands wash bay. TerraSol ULV effectively cleaned coke and oil sands fouled heavy haul trucks while reducing VOC emissions by 99.9%, eliminating noxious degreaser odours, and protecting worker health.

Key metrics

EFFECTIVE
DEGREASING PERFORMANCE
REDUCED
SOLVENT ODOURS
99.9% DROP
IN VOC LEVELS AND REDUCED ODOUR

Challenges

A large Fort McMurray oil sands wash bay facility needed a new multi-purpose solvent degreaser compliant with updated Canadian VOC legislation. The low VOC product had to maintain high performance, effectively removing baked-on oil sands, bitumen, and heavy oil deposits from diverse heavy equipment, including heavy haul mining trucks.

Solutions

Terrasol ULV a low VOC multi-purpose solvent degreaser was introduced to the operation. Side-by-side performance testing was conducted on two heavy haul trucks—one from the oil sands mine site with heavy oil deposits, and a second truck used to haul coke.

Testing showed TerraSol ULV to be slightly more effective at removing the heavy oil, oil sands, and coke deposits. A noticeable decrease in odour with was also observed.

Results

Enhanced Safety and Compliance

  • Compliant with Canadian VOC regulations
  • Reduced solvent and wash bay odours
  • Improved worker safety
  • 99.9% drop in VOC levels

Effective Degreasing

With one application of product, TerraSol ULV showed a slight performance improvement and highly effective degreasing performance on heavy oil, bitumen, oil sands, and coke.

Data

Terrasol LV multi-purpose solvent degreaser cleans heavy haul truck in Fort McMurray Oil SandsOil sands heavy haul truck box and coke heavy haul truck cleaned with one application of TerraSol LV.