“Safety Inside” – MIDEL’s global mission

“Safety Inside” – MIDEL’s global mission

Vol. 5 Issue 1

Abstract

The properties of MIDEL natural and synthetic ester transformer fluids are fire safety, environmental protection and transformer performance improvement. The market’s response to the MIDEL brand proposition has been overwhelmingly positive. Using MIDEL can help achieve major installation and ownership cost savings by enabling a smaller substation footprint, reducing or eliminating the need for additional fire suppression systems, and reducing the need for containment to prevent leakage into the local drainage system.

Keywords: MIDEL, natural and synthetic ester, fire safety, environmental protection, risk mitigation

Introduction

“Every transformer deserves MIDEL, because with MIDEL there’s Safety Inside,” says Barry Menzies, MIDEL’s global managing director, talking about the growing global footprint of MIDEL ester transformer fluids. He continues, “The benefits of MIDEL, from fire safety to environmental protection to retrofilling are increasingly recognised across the global power sector. In response, we have increased investment in our worldwide network of offices and in new manufacturing capabilities. Our continued investment includes technical application data, support through our technical and business development teams, manufacturing innovation and delivering excellence in customer service”.

The properties of MIDEL natural and synthetic ester transformer fluids are well-known; namely fire safety (high fire point), environmental protection (readily biodegradable) and transformer performance improvement (extended cellulose life, high moisture tolerance, smaller transformers). MIDEL enables transformer users to save money while mitigating the risk of fire and environmental damage, encapsulated by the concept of “Safety Inside”:

  • Safety for people living and working near the transformer
  • Safety for the environment around the transformer
  • Safety for the buildings and businesses close to the transformer
  • Safety for the investment in critical assets like transformers

The market’s response to the MIDEL brand proposition has been overwhelmingly positive. Transformer manufacturers (OEMs) and end users like National Grid, Vattenfall, ESKOM and ConEdison have been quick to grasp the potential of applying MIDEL to tackle today’s electricity transmission and distribution challenges.

“We’ve all come a long way since the 1970s when we patented MIDEL 7131 synthetic ester transformer fluid. MIDEL is accepted as a proven technology in this conservative and risk-averse industry,” continues Barry Menzies. “Since then we’ve also introduced two natural ester fluids – MIDEL eN 1204 (based on rapeseed) and MIDEL eN 1215 (based on soybean). We’re growing the uptake of this family of proven transformer fluids in the global marketplace.”