An Aberdeen university is working with one of Scotland’s leading treatment solutions providers to develop a tailored mobile treatment package for the processing of high chloride, oily waste produced by a range of industries, including oil and gas.
The three-year project will see the School of Engineering at Robert Gordon University teaming up with Ross-shire based company Sureclean as part of a £250,000 Knowledge Transfer Partnership.
Currently, treatment of this waste, in order to meet discharge consents, is a significant challenge to the industry. Globally, it is the norm for waste to be accumulated and stored through time as local treatment opportunities are not available.
This is stored in large quantities in tanks and lagoons with treatment costing up to £3.5 million per lagoon.
KTP Associate Shoja Shokofan will work with Sureclean’s operations manager Richard Walker to design the system, while RGU lecturer Dr Mamdud Hossain, will be the knowledge-base supervisor.
Walker said: “Previous KTPs have not only strengthened our treatment capabilities but have contributed greatly to our business and become part of the Sureclean team.
“We have a range of treatment technologies within our fleet but we currently do not have one which addresses the problem of remediating high chloride oily waste water streams.
“At present this waste has to be transferred to third parties for treatment, costing a significant six-figure sum annually. The objective is to design a system which can be deployed close to the contaminating operational activity; this will enhance operations and significantly reduce storage and transfer costs.”
Shokofan said: “Although I know it will be a very challenging project, the outcome of this study will have a great impact on the waste treatment industry. This system will also complement Sureclean’s other treatment solutions and allow them to extend their service capabilities.”
Dr Hossain added: “The treatment of waste products produced by a variety of industries has always been a tricky and expensive issue and we are looking forward to helping Sureclean develop a new, innovative method of approaching this.”