VSG -The Green Grease

To reduce the environmental impact of grease from once through systems, a better choice is now possible. VSG grease uses a natural vegetable base oil combined with a state-of-the-art calcium sulphonate thickener to provide a biodegradable and potentially less harmful product that also performs. VSG was developed to meet the requirements of the established wicket gate bearing specifications. It will be cost effective compared to existing products and will certainly be much less expensive than trying self-lubricating inserts. Used by the Bureau or Reclamation, US Army Corps of Engineers, TVA, OPG, HQ and many others. VSG has excellent resistance to water washout, has extreme pressure and anti-wear characteristics, and has good pumpability. In most cases, VSG can be used now to directly replace existing older mineral oil-based products.

  • Proven in-service by some of the largest electric power utilities.
  • The main ingredient is canola oil which is from a renewable and sustainable resource.
  • VSG is readily biodegradable per CEC-L-33-T-82 test.
  • No acute toxicity in the daphnia magna test and nonbioaccumulative.
  • No added coloring agents, lead, zinc, barium or chlorinated paraffins.
  • Wear protection without the need for aggressive or unstable additives.
  • Excellent resistance to water washout and should stay in place longer.
  • Very good rust preventing characteristics to help protect the steel journals.
  • VSG is pumpable down to at least 0F (-18C).
  • Performance characteristics are as good as or better than most current greases.
  • Manufactured in North America at an ISO registered plant by a major grease company.

VSG ‘The Green Grease’ Now with Liners 

Many locations have restrictions on how much residual grease can be left in used steel kegs and drums when these are being sent for disposal. This has been a pain and VSG grease has characteristics that are good in bearings but which can make cleaning the containers more difficult.

At the request of users all VSG steel kegs and drums now have a disposable flexible plastic liner. This is made of LDPE which can be recycled where allowed.

The use of a flexible liner makes it much easier to get out the last bit of grease and to add it to the new container as well as to be able to quickly clean out the containers for reuse, recycling or disposal.

As a caution to reduce the chances of the liner being pulled down by the follower plate used with grease pumps, it is suggested that the loose end of the liner at the top be taped to the container.

If you have any question, please call or e-mail.

Suppliers of VSG

VSG is available from distributors across North America and directly from Canoil Canada Ltd. Please contact Eco Fluid Center with any questions. 

More information from Gamil Alhakimi, President of Canoil Canada Ltd.