Enhanced physical extraction of petroleum hydrocarbons
At a petrol station in Tuscany, historic leakages from underground storage tanks (USTs) resulted in significant TPH contamination of the soil and groundwater. During decommissioning works, the bulk of the contamination was removed by excavating the leaking tanks and immediate surrounding soil.
However, significant residual TPH contamination (up to 10,000 μg/L) remained within the surrounding ground (HC>12 up to 2,000 mg/kg between 2.5 m and 3 m BGL), requiring further remediation.
In a pilot test, REGENESIS’ PetroCleanze® was applied via three direct push injection points, rapidly desorbing the contamination bound to the soils in the heavily impacted ‘smear zone’. Following the application, PetroCleanze was left for a period of seven days to actively desorb the TPH into the groundwater from where it was subsequently recovered using a vacuum extraction truck. A total of two injection campaigns and vacuum truck phases were undertaken.
Based on the pilot test results, three full-scale PetroCleanze campaigns have been planned and will be performed in the main contaminated zone, to effectively desorb and recover the hydrocarbons bound to the aquifer soil matrix. Once the secondary source was removed, a full-scale enhanced aerobic bioremediation approach was taken as a final polishing step, using ORC-Advanced®.
Standalone excavation was unable to remove all the contamination bound to the soil. PetroCleanze desorbs bound contamination into solution, allowing for physical extraction of the desorbed mass, achieving consistent results within a few months, dramatically increasing the efficacy of standard recovery systems.