Cargill to turn soybean oil into electrical fluid at Wichita plant

Cargill announced Friday that it is spending $2.6 million at its Wichita plant so it can turn soybean oil into electrical insulation fluid.

The company will make Cooper Power Systems Envirotemp FR3 dielectric fluid, a non-toxic and biodegradable fluid used in energy line transformers, to increase the performance of transformers during peak energy use periods.

The primary customer is Cooper Power Systems, a global maker of medium- and high-voltage electrical equipment.

"We are always searching for new ways to use plant derived materials in our work with industrial customers to improve their products," said Dave Roesser, general manager of Cargill's Industrial Oils and Lubricants group.

The company collaborated with Cooper Power Systems to produce the fluid.

Cargill has operated its Dressing, Sauces and Oils business in Wichita since 1981. Cargill also has the headquarters of its Meat Solutions division and a Horizon Milling flour mill in Wichita. Cargill has approximately 1,100 Wichita-based employees.