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at the well during crude oil exploration, development and production Oil and gas wastes are broadly defined to include; Drilling, operation, and plugging of wells associated with the exploration, development, or production of oil and gas, including oil and gas wells, fluid injection wells used in enhanced recovery projects, and disposal wells; • Separation and treatment of produced fluids in the field or at natural gas processing plants; • Storage of crude oil before it enters a refinery; • Underground storage of hydrocarbons and natural gas; • Transportation of crude oil or natural gas by pipeline; • Solution mining of brine; and • Storage, hauling, disposal, or reclamation of wastes generated by these activities. ‘Oil and Gas Waste’ includes both hazardous and non ‐hazardous wastes arising from generally oil and gas operations. These wastes may be in a liquid, semi‐liquid or solid form. A NON HAZARDOUS OIL FIELD WASTE (NOW) An oil and gas waste may be categorized as non‐hazardous via two avenues ‐ If (1) it meets the EPA hazardous waste exemption criterion or (2) if it is categorized as non ‐hazardous based on sampling, analytics and/or process knowledge to determine that ignitibility, reactivity, corrosivity, and toxicity criterion are not exceeded. Both approaches entail details and misconceptions that challenge accurate categorization of the waste. NON EXEMPT WASTE Oil and gas wastes not listed by the EPA as generally exempt may or may not be considered nonhazardous. If the waste is included in EPA’s non ‐exempt list, see Appendix C, the waste does not meet the ‘uniquely associated with primary field operations’ criterion and may not be categorized as nonhazardous. Other wastes may be considered non‐hazardous if (1) it meets the ‘uniquely associated with primary field operations’ criterion or (2) the waste is characterized as non‐hazardous. An oil and gas waste may be categorized as non‐hazardous if it: • Is not listed by non‐exempt (see Appendix C); and • Is not a Listed Hazardous waste, per Reference 13 and applicable EPA regulations; and • Is sampled, tested, and does not exceed the ignitibility, corrosivity, reactivity, toxicity hazardous waste criterion of Reference 13 and applicable EPA regulations; or • By way of process knowledge is characterized as non ‐ hazardous.
A .OIL SPILLAGE SOURCES OF OIL SPILLAGE Crude oil spill disasters are due to very many factors such as oil well blow – outs, burst and leaking pipelines or flow stations, overpressure failure and overflow of process equipment components, hose failure, failures along pump discharge manifolds, sabotage to well heads and flow line. The principal factors at play in oil spill at the Niger delta can be broadly classified into three major groups. (i) Equipment failure due to ageing and malfunctioning of systems, (ii) Act of sabotage, (iii)Negligence on the part of operators. ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS OF OIL SPILLAGE The effects of crude oil spills when oil comes ashore it kill shore animals by smothering them, or if sufficiently fresh, kill them because of its toxic constituents. Oil taints fish and interferes with fishing activities and navigation. Spilled oil makes a great mess. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in crude oil may be toxic, Carcinogenic and teratogenic. Whereas the sea has enormous capacity to absorb the various attempts by man to degrade it, the streams, creek, rivers, estuaries, swamps and land have only a little capacity to do so’. PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH OIL SPILL DISASTER: The devastating effects of oil spill disaster in Nigeria have long defiled comprehensive solution especially as there are many
unresolved issues on the management of oil spill disaster. The issues can be briefly described as follows; (1) Oil spill takes time before it is detected and reported to the appropriate agencies. (2) The response time is too long to allow effective quick cleanup. (3) Substantial parts of oil spill are caused by act of sabotage and vandals in attempts to claim damages. (4) The methods of cleanup and emergency response are not only obsolete they are ineffective. (5) There are discrepancies in the claim of communities and the estimated damages from the operating agencies. (6) There are suspicion by the host communities of the possible cover up of spill by oil companies (and thus avoid heavy compensation) if the latter (oil companies) want to respond promptly to oil spill. (7)The nature of terrain and the characteristics of oil spill areas cannot be ascertained by the oil companies to send clean up team on time and to fix the price of spill clean up (8) There is mistrust from the oil companies on the integrity of their contract staff (whom they accused of framing oil spill to claim allowance). (9)New and emergency villages spring up at the oil spill site overnight in order to claim damages. FATE AND EFFECTS OF SPILLED OIL This section describes the properties and behavior of spilled oil that are important to a spill response operation, and the potential effects that the spilled oil and associated response operations may have in the various environments encountered in the project area. FATE OF SPILLED OIL The chemical composition of oil changes due to weathering. Weathering occurs by evaporation, microbial degradation, chemical oxidation, and photochemical reactions. Some oils weather rapidly and undergo extensive changes in character, whereas others remain relatively unchanged over long periods of time. The effects of weathering are generally rapid (1 to 2 days) for hydrocarbons with lower molecular weights as a result of evaporation. Degradation of the higher weight fractions is slower and occurs primarily through microbial degradation and chemical oxidation. The weathering or fate of spilled oil depends on the oil properties and on environmental conditions. It is important to recognize the dynamic nature of spilled oil and the fact that the properties of spilled oil can change over time. During a response operation, it is
important to monitor the continuous changes in the properties of the spilled oil, as response strategies may have to be modified. (1) Properties; Crude or refined oils vary in their physical and chemical characteristics. These characteristics affect their volatility, toxicity, weathering rate and persistence. These characteristics include; (2) Specific gravity (density); Determines if the oil will float on water or sink. The specific gravity of most crude and refined oils lies between 0.78 and 1.00. The U.S. petroleum industry has customarily used the so-called °API (Degrees API Gravity). API gravity is inversely proportional to the true specific gravity and corrects the specific gravity value to 15.5ºC (60ºF), so that on the API scale, freshwater has a specific gravity of 10.00. Light oils with a low specific gravity (<0.8) have high values on the API Scale (>45), whereas heavier oils have low API gravity values. The °API gravity places most oils within a convenient range of 10 – 50 °API. The specific gravity of spilled oil will increase with time, as the more volatile (and less dense) (3) Pour point — the lowest temperature at which the oil will flow, below which the oil will act as a semi-solid substance. As ambient air temperatures vary, stranded oil may be alternately fluid or semi-solid. This property is important in evaluating whether oil will penetrate into sediments or move down slope. (4)Viscosity — a measure of the resistance of the oil to flow, or its internal cohesion, that controls the rates of spreading and the degree to which oil can penetrate into sediments. Low viscosity oils are light and fluid whereas high viscosity oils are semisolid or tarry. Estimated viscosity at 70º F of Chad crude is 400–1000 cp (similar to Bunker C). • H 2S unlike other sulphur compounds in crude oils, which tend to accumulate in the distillation residue, hydrogen sulphide is evolved during distillation or other heating processes. During an oil spill, this makes it a safety concern, as hydrogen sulphide is a toxic gas with a time-weighted average (TWA; an 8-hr. exposure limit established by ACGIH) exposure limit of 10 ppm and a short-term exposure limit (STEL) of 15 ppm (ACGIH, 1996). Other oil properties to be considered during a response include boiling point, flash point, surface tension, adhesion, solubility and aromatic content. • Boiling point — determines the temperature at which each hydrocarbon will evaporate. Many of the light (low boiling) fractions (“light ends”) evaporate at temperatures less
than 20ºC (68ºF). As these light fractions evaporate, the remaining oil is reduced in volume and becomes denser and more viscous. • Flash point — the lowest temperature at which the fractions of the oil will ignite when exposed to an ignition source. This is a critical safety parameter; it must be remembered that a serious hazard may exist if air temperatures are above flash points of light fractions in spilled oils. Gasoline and other light fuels can be ignited under most ambient conditions and therefore pose a serious hazard when spilled. Many freshly spilled crude oils also have low flash points until the lighter components have evaporated or dispersed. • Surface tension — controls the rate at which the oil will spread. Oils with a low surface tension spread more rapidly, so that a greater surface area is exposed to weathering. Surface tension is partially controlled by ambient temperatures and decreases as temperatures increase. • • • Adhesion — is important in determining whether the oil will stick to sediments or other materials it comes in contact with. Solubility — determines if oil will dissolve in water and become toxic to marine life. Aromatic content — aromatics are more toxic, have a high solubility that may increase toxic effects, and are more volatile than other hydrocarbon components. Again, it is important to remember that these properties, and the environmental conditions that affect them, change over time and should continuously be monitored. For example, as oil weathers due to evaporation processes after a spill, the specific gravity usually increases, and the evaporation rate increases with increased temperatures and wind speed. ON-LAND SPILLS The pipeline will be buried in order to reduce the risk of leaks and to prevent interference with agricultural lands and wildlife migration routes. Typically, the pipeline will be buried one meter underground. In some areas, like stream and road crossings, the pipeline may be buried even deeper. Oil movement or flow over the ground surface follows the topography of the land (oilflows downhill). In general, oil will flow until it reaches a surface water body or a depression, or until sorbent effects prevent further movement. Oil flowing over land can infiltrate vegetation cover and soil. The rate of oil movement and depth of penetration are dependent on a variety of factors and are best determined by direct observation. If ground water becomes contaminated,
particularly in deep water. and currents. Because ground water moves relatively slowly. because tidal currents oscillate. If an oil slick is spread over regions with varying water depths. Residual currents generally flow in the same direction for long periods of time. the oil flow speed and ability to penetrate into sediments and soils would decrease as it cooled. tides. the type and amount of nutrients and inorganic substances present. although they may have a seasonal variation. and the amount of sediment suspended in the water. More localized residual currents can occur due to geometric effects of the ocean-land boundary. and the wind driven surface currents. the tidal flow is symmetrical with time. The net motion of oil due to tidal currents is very low. contaminants do not mix or spread rapidly. Residual currents are produced by the long-range motion of water in the ocean caused by the rotation of the earth. after measurements have been taken during tidal cycles. OFFSHORE SPILLS The fate of hydrocarbons in the marine environment depends on a number of factors. 1988) or keep oil away from a shore. The third type of ocean current is a surface current generated by the interaction of the wind with the water surface (see . the tidal current. Coastal boundary currents can trap or contain oil close to a shore (Murray and Owens. Tidally driven ocean currents are produced by changes in water level caused by astronomical effects. This is due to the fact that the currents are stronger in shallow-water areas and weaker in deep water. Ocean currents have three components: the residual current. These rivers of water within the ocean change slowly.contaminants generally remain concentrated in plumes. even for large currents. MOVEMENT Currents and wind are the driving forces for the movement of an offshore oil spill. Currents produced by fresh or brackish water outflow from a river can also deflect oil away from a river mouth or estuary. tidal currents can result in a net advection of the oil. winds. These currents change both their magnitude and direction with every tidal cycle. A leak of heated oil from the pipeline at or near the pump stations would tend to initially flow faster and be more likely to penetrate permeable or porous materials than leaks from cooler (pipeline) temperature areas of the oil transportation system. the geometry of the oceans. In the case of a spill. and temperature differences in the ocean. including air and water temperatures. Both the direction and magnitude of future tidal currents can be predicted easily. Contaminants from ground water may eventually migrate and appear in surface waters. In most cases.
This is simply due to the fact that oil. the oil needs time. The time span for this process is from minutes to many hours. Dissolution and Emulsification. Gravity-viscous: This phase also starts immediately after the oil has been released and is again caused by gravity. (3)Phase Three.and auto-oxidation and Sedimentation. This is the only effect of the wind on oil motion. more important in the later stages of weathering and usually determine the ultimate fate of the spilled oil. These are. there are three stages of spreading. evaporation). that is. In this phase. except dissolution. and motion is approximately in the direction of the wind. The speed of these surface currents is 2–4% of the wind speed (Table 4-2). will not remain in a pile. viscosity increases. Dispersion. these processes may dramatically change the nature of the oil. According to Fay (1971). The driving force is the surface tension. its characteristics start to change due to a number of physical-chemical processes. chemical properties such as wax content. weather and sea state conditions. physical properties such as viscosity and pour point. and. These longer-term processes are less important than the first five for the initial prediction of the fate of spilled oil. a number of longer term processes include the following: Biodegradation. These are: (1)Phase One: Gravity-inertia: This early phase occurs immediately after the oil has been released and is driven by gravity. amount of oil spilled. being a liquid. All of the processes are interactive.also Section 5. and the spreading process slows. Surface tension-viscous: This is the final phase of spreading and occurs over a time period of many hours to days. Photo. As other fate processes act on the oil (for example. and their contribution to the oil fate is typically neglected in models. to move. however.1). The rate at which the oil moves depends on its inertia. and location (whether oil stays at sea or is stranded). however. light oil will spread more rapidly than heavy oil. That is. Wind-produced waves are oscillatory and do not causes net oil movement in deep water. These processes dominate in the first few days to weeks of a spill. (2)Phase Two. due to its mass. the viscosity retards the rate of oil motion. SPREADING: Spreading occurs during the early stages of the spill. The primary processes affecting the fate of most spilled oil are: Spreading. PRIMARY WEATHERING PROCESSES When oil is released onto the water surface. Evaporation. a force at the . Weathering rates depend on oil type. In addition. The process occurs for a few minutes to hours and is generally finished by the time a spill response is initiated.
into the water column by wave action.025 (i. In the water column. EVAPORATION Components of spilled oil evaporate at varying rates and are transported and diluted by atmospheric processes. For low energy wave conditions. This increases the rate of dissolution and the rate of natural biodegradation. oil is present as small droplets and. Evaporation is usually the most important weathering process in the first days immediately following a spill. external energy from wave action is needed. Rapid initial loss of the more volatile fractions is. The density of fresh water is taken as 1. which can contain as much as 70% water by weight and can have a viscosity a hundred to a thousand times greater than the original oil. They are thus competing processes in the oil mass balance. Water-in-oil emulsions often are referred to as “(chocolate) mousse”.molecular level that may make the oil spread on the water.0 and the density of seawater usually is 1. In general. The more viscous the oil. Small drops of water become surrounded by oil. in the form of small droplets. it is more dense). thus. For high sea states. Emulsion affects the adhesion properties of oil. The retarding force is the oil viscosity.e. Evaporation may be responsible for the loss of one-third to two-thirds of an oil spill mass within a few hours or a day (Jordan and Payne. SUBMERGED OR SINKING OIL Oil floats as long as it is less dense that the surrounding water. In order to emulsify oil. emulsified oil is difficult to remove from the water surface. the slower the rate of dispersion. this dramatically affects the on-water recovery options. Due to its high viscosity. dispersion may dominate with the result that most of the oil is removed from the water surface in a few hours. EMULSIFICATION: Emulsification is the incorporation of water into oil and is the opposite of dispersion. the rate of dispersion is low. 1980). has a much higher surface area in contact with the water. heavier oils emulsify more rapidly than lighter oils. The rates of both evaporation and dispersion increase with increasing wind and decreasing viscosity. The oil may remain in a slick. The rate of dispersion depends on the amount of wave energy at the sea surface. As oil weathers .. DISPERSION: Natural dispersion is the removal of oil from the water surface by its incorporation. and an oil-in-water emulsion likely will not stick to shore zone materials.
The potential for a spill to occur during operations allows for the possibility that areas near the pipeline could be affected. The same oil that would sink in calm waters (<0.e. hydraulic. It is often difficult to obtain information on natural subsurface collection sites. a diesel) can penetrate a sand or mixed sand-gravel beach. They . On permeable shores (i. WHERE OIL STRANDS • • On sheltered coasts with small waves..due to evaporation processes after a spill. this oil is stranded and will not be affected by waves until the next period of high water levels. Oil may penetrate below the surface of a beach. oil that has a density close to that of water may sink during the overnight cooling and rise again during the daytime warm period. depressions and eddy areas. gasoline. In warm or hot climates. oil can be carried farther up a beach and deposited in the supratidal zone (above the limit of most wave action). Natural collection sites for sinking oils include trenches. whereas all but the more viscous oils can easily penetrate into a pebble-cobble beach. • • • On impermeable surfaces (bedrock.g.1 knot) likely will remain on the surface in currents of more than 0. such as at density fronts or at inlets and in estuaries. brake. most of the oil will be deposited as a thin band in the middle to upper intertidal zone (in the zone of wave action). Spills of diesel. This may occur as oil is washed from a beach and incorporated with sediments by wave action. subsurface oil can be present due to burial and/or penetration.. This may occur in coastal waters where different water bodies meet. ON-LAND SPILLS It is recognized that despite best management practices the potential exists for accidental releases of vehicle and equipment fluids and oil to occur. Current speed and temperature can affect floatation. oil remains on the surface. Mixing with sediments also can alter the specific density of oil. Oil on the surface may sink if the density of the water changes. Only light oils (e. solid man-made structures). transmission. and other equipment fluids. If washed ashore during periods of storm-wave activity. could have an impact on vegetation. animals. depending on the size of the sediment and the viscosity of the oil. as well as other chemicals. and local land use activities. the specific gravity usually increases. as the water in near shore areas warms and cools each day. shores with sediments). creating sinking and refloating cycles.5 knot.
The coastal characteristics information . On land impacts would include infiltration of oil into surrounding vegetation cover and soils. the particle size and porosity can be altered. Attention should be paid to the considerable numbers of animals that move through the area regularly on their way to livestock markets. could also occur. especially during response activities. successional sequence also could occur. essential nutrients could be leached from topsoil by underlying substrates. discussion of shallow aquifers). the normal successional sequence halts or is dramatically slowed and the regenerative capacity of savanna or forest habitat could be impaired. and other areas where vehicular traffic is common. and a loss of soil nutrients by leaching can occur. such as hunting and agriculture. These impacts would be reduced by control measures. Mycorrhiza associated with the root systems of many tropical plants influence nutrient cycling and germination processes. coupled with the proximity of the FSO to the shoreline. Response activities utilizing heavy equipment for oil containment or excavating of oiled soil materials (see Section 8) may cause a mixing of soil layers and movement of organic materials.could also impact water supplies and aquatic resources if they were to enter surface waters or groundwater aquifers (see Section 4. resulting in the rapid establishment of introduced plant species or undesirable weeds. Crude oil spills could occur in the Oil Field Development Area and along the PTS during the operational life of the Project. This impact would be shortterm and limited to the response area. and intermittent. Critical Habitats.2. Spills of this nature may tend to be isolated and generally occur on access roads. maintenance facilities. An alternate and less desirable. The potential for an offshore spill to occur during operations. Weedy shrubs and woody pioneer species readily re-establish OFFSHORE SPILLS Despite best management practices the potential exists for accidental releases of oil to occur from offshore facilities. important soil components such as mycorrhiza and seeds can be destroyed. Once mixing occurs. Disruption of migration routes and local activities. Any incidents that occur would be small. The primary concern of a spill on land would be to prevent it from impacting surface water channels or groundwater aquifers. re-establishment of the native vegetation may be greatly retarded. If soil structure and fertility are degraded by repeated disturbance. localized.4. allows for the possibility that the Cameroon coastline in the vicinity of the FSO could be affected. IMPACT OF RESPONSE ACTIVITIES When soils are moved and compacted by heavy equipment. Animals and birds could ingest contaminated vegetation. When this occurs.
MARINE BIOTA The effects of an oil spill on marine organisms would depend on the organisms exposed. Fish can be affected indirectly by spilled oil due to death of prey species. Sediment suspension due to disturbance during response activities could impact the near-shore biota. respiration. however. or to avoid contamination of boats and gear with oil. An oil spill could have potential effects on marine mammals. Therefore. the impact on phytoplankton populations is expected to be less than significant because of the widespread distribution and large reproductive potentials of phytoplankton.presented in the Cameroon EA. the marine organisms in the FSO area are well adapted to turbid waters. Commercial and/or subsistence fishing could be temporarily halted to avoid harvesting organisms potentially tainted with oil. these early life stages generally are more susceptible to oil spill impacts. Deaths of birds could result from oil coating their plumage and possibly from the toxic effects of ingesting oil. or through an effect on reproduction. Fishing is a primary economic activity in the proposed project area. While juvenile and adult fish would be able to avoid oily areas. Response activities may also affect organisms. . recovery from potential impacts as a result of an oil spill is expected to be rapid. Zooplankton could also be affected directly by increased mortality or indirectly through a decrease in food supply and changes in behavior. was used to help develop an environmental sensitivity index (ESI) classification system for the Cameroon coastline between the Cameroon/Equatorial Guinea border at the mouth of the Ntem River to Point Souelaba at the mouth of the Cameroon Estuary. and reproduction. however. however. Although some reduction of phytoplankton productivity could occur as a result of an oil spill. there is a general lack of marine mammal populations in the study area (none were observed during marine field investigations). the near-surface eggs and larvae of many species would not be able to do so due to their lack of mobility. Sublethal effects from exposure to spilled oil may also contribute to increased mortality rates under certain environmental conditions. the volume of oil spilled. Sublethal effects such as changes in normal migration routes and in behavior could also occur. Fish could be susceptible to effects of spilled oil. Because of the widespread geographic distribution and large reproductive potential of most fish species. and other variables at the time of the spill. Appendix C. Certain birds would be particularly susceptible because they float on the water and dive for food. the conditions of the exposure.
SANDY INTERTIDAL HABITAT The physical effects of spilled oil probably would be more significant than chemical toxicity to the sandy beach biota. although some mobile organisms would probably be able to move through this material. Direct effects include mortality due to smothering. indirect effects include behavioral changes due to the coating of the substrate. the residence time of oil is usually short. Thus. biotic recovery to pre-spill conditions would likely occur within one to two years. While a decline in tourism might be felt by local population centers most affected by a spill. By the time the oil reached the shoreline. TOURISM/RECREATIONAL BEACH USE An oil spill that reaches the beaches could halt the tourism/recreational use of beaches until cleanup had been completed.BENTHOS. the short term impacts of an oil spill on tourism/recreation beach use could be significant in the areas affected by the spill.. . lightweight components probably would have evaporated or dissolved into the water before the oil reached the bottom. The largest impact of an oil spill on the benthic biota probably would result if the oil sank and coated the bottom. physical effects of oil would be more likely to cause harmful impacts than would chemical toxicity. Because of the high-energy nature of sandy beaches. coating of benthic biota has not been observed. As in the sandy beach habitats. the longer-term impacts would be mitigated by the cleanup. short-term impacts could be significant long-term impacts are typically rare for these habitats. Under these conditions. Both direct and indirect effects of spilled oil on rocky habitat organisms could occur. Although local. for most oil spills. Sandy beaches in the study area generally have few species. A direct effect would be mortality from smothering. the overall level of tourism in the event of a large spill in the region would be expected to remain relatively stable. ROCKY INTERTIDAL HABITAT Rocky intertidal habitats in the study area generally support a greater biomass and variety of plants and animals than do sandy beach habitats. However. the more toxic fractions would likely have evaporated or dissolved. however. The high-energy nature of the environment generally leads to a relatively rapid recovery of available habitat and decolonization by most species. Recovery to pre-spill conditions would likely occur within one to three years. and these species characteristically have a high turnover and wide geographic distribution. about one to two tidal cycles. The more toxic.
but the water itself is not usually thought to be damaged. the decrease in water quality following such an event could also adversely affect botanical. The vertical. and plovers. and other aquatic resources. bulockii). The flat gradients of the rivers in southern Chad allow development of extensive sandbanks that attract winter migrant wading birds as well as local black-crowned cranes (Balearica pavonina). While these impacts could be significant. herons. Flooding can strand pollution at high levels and threaten larger areas than might otherwise be expected.POTENTIAL IMPACTS DUE TO RESPONSE Commercial and/or subsistence fishing could be interrupted as a result of fishing vessels being confined to port by oil containment booms. high water could transport oil into overbank habitats and impact large areas of the floodplains. egrets. 1987). Fishing is less important in streams and rivers elsewhere in the project area. immediately escalating the level of concern in river spills. wildlife. As in marine spills. The impacts of spill response activities to these areas would be similar to those for on-land spills. Spilled oil may move over or through the water. Floodplains also are recognized as being important historically as fish nursery sites in Benech and Leveque (in Burgis and Symoens. individuals or populations of . For inland spills this is not true. If spills are allowed to enter surface waters. potentially coating or causing impact to animals and plants that it may contact. Effects of response operations on botanical resources could include direct disturbance to. their likelihood of occurrence would be minimized by the implementation of oil spill response countermeasures and associated safety and environmental protection measures. Streams and rivers in the project area appear to support relatively small populations of fish. the nature of the shoreline will determine the amount of potential damage that a spill could cause. and other organisms. invertebrates. During a flood event. the water is used as a primary resource (potable water) and threats to the water supply are a public health problem. it is very unusual to consider the water itself as a resource to be protected. Maribou storks (Leptoptilus crumeniferus). In marine oil spills. Crude oil is generally lighter than water and floats on the surface. Agricultural crops and grazing lands may be affected during these situations. In many cases. sandy banks are well suited for colonies of Carmine bee eaters (Merops nubicus) and red-throated bee eaters (M. RIVER SPILLS Spills during construction or resulting from pipeline releases at river crossing may lead to oil impacts on rivers in Chad or Cameroon. In the Nanga Eboko area fishing is mostly on the Sanaga and in small streams. or loss of.
toward the Nya River. Appendix A). Some of these wells are located in the floodplains of nearby streams. This is not currently an official reserve. and toward . SHALLOW AQUIFERS Shallow aquifers of the Doba Basin provide almost all of the water supplies for the population of the area. A groundwater contour map for the upper shallow zones of the aquifer is included as Figure 6.. Some of the traditional hand dug wells have little protection against surface runoff. The data indicate that the direction of shallow groundwater flow in the vicinity of the Komé and Bolobo well fields is toward the north and northeast. Temporary and permanent loss of riverine (gallery) vegetation could occur during disruptive response operations on the Nya. The groundwater gradient follows the topographic slopes. • The Logon floodplain is a wetland area that contains valuable gallery forest and marsh habitat that supports relatively diverse bird and mammal populations and provides important grazing habitat for resident and trans-human livestock. i. Loulé and Pendé river floodplains. The most common domestic water supply source is through wells or occasional hand pumps. CRITICAL HABITATS Pipeline routing and facility sitting has been undertaken to avoid various biologically important locations near the project area. Erosion and sediment transport would be minimized during response by the use of prudent erosion control practices. including: • • Important wildlife habitats in the Faro Reserve. east of Bam and Bégangber (see Figure A-1.plant species.4-3 in the Chad EA. • A large contiguous stand of African bamboo (Oxyanthera abyssinica) northeast of Bessao contains important timber and fuel wood resources for local residents and also provides important elephant habitat. are only 5 to 8 m deep.e. and presumably capture water of the same or similar quality as that contributing base flows to the streams in the area. which is reported to contain important habitat for elephants that may migrate between Chad and Cameroon. and spilled oil flowing on the ground surface in their vicinity could infiltrate these wells. though it is a recognized area of value to local residents. The Laramanay Wildlife Reserve. a proposed hunting reserve approximately 7 km north of the proposed pipeline route.
The pipeline has been routed to avoid large stands of bamboo. Its total population today is not thought to be abundant overall. Red-flanked duiker (Cephalophus rufilatus) . Temporarily disturbed areas could be re-colonized and repopulated by the same species. if it exists. ENDANGERED AND SENSITIVE SPECIES The only significant biological habitats remaining in the vicinity of the oil field development area and pipeline in Chad consist mainly of remnant gallery forest and herbaceous wetland vegetation in the alluvial floodplains of major watercourses. The following regionally sensitive mammal species have the potential to occur in the study area (see EAs for details). . • Bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus) -This species normally is confined to areas with sufficient cover near permanent water (i. Once locally common. • • Giant eland (Tragelaphus derbianus gigas) — formerly occurred in SW Chad in the wooded savanna zone.the east in the vicinity of the Miandoum well field. and eland. and occasional stands of African bamboo (Oxyanthera abyssinica) in the region around Bessao and Baibokoum. total numbers today are unknown. until recently. depending on the degree and extent of disturbance. including elephant. The population. gallery forest).This small antelope species was restricted to gallery forests in the wooded savanna zone of Logon Oriental and Moyen Chari prefectures.e. including large mammals. and little-disturbed diverse vegetation including wooded savanna and gallery forest. The clay and silty surface soils within the project area should form a barrier to the aquifers from above. hippopotamus. does not appear to be large. It may be completely absent from Chad today.. The Mbéré Rift Valley supports a great variety of animals. but probably not by the same individuals. Consequently. bongo. Such differences could affect the ability of certain species to return and persist in remaining natural habitat fragments. It has a high diversity and abundance of wildlife. • Grey duiker (Sylvicapra grimmia) -This small antelope species was. a limited number of individuals could be affected during response operations. Agricultural activity has long since displaced most of the natural habitats and associated wildlife of the region. Response activities are expected to have little impact on those wildlife resources that remain in the area. widespread throughout the savanna zone of southern Chad. A large portion of the Mbéré Rift Valley in Cameroon (comprising approximately 60 km of the 320 km pipeline route) is unique in its relative lack of disturbance.
but it is possible to find several species of eagle. • In addition to the above. Aardvark (Orycteropus afer) -The status of this species is uncertain. as well as the big bustard.This felid is a hardy survivor in floodplains and near rivers. Serval (Leptailurus serval) . It prefers marshy Floodplain vegetation for nesting and foraging. African elephant (Loxodontia africana) -Some elephant habitat exists within the Laramanay Reserve. can be observed in the Semideciduous Forest off the road between Deng Deng and Bélabo. • • • • • • Gorillas -while uncommon. there are wildlife species whose status in Chad is thought to be reasonably secure at present. • African linsang (Poiana richardsonii) -This species appears to be very rare in the Cameroon Atlantic littoral evergreen forest and are threatened by continued hunting pressure. and in the vicinity of the Campo Reserve in Cameroon. but has been eliminated from densely populated regions. The Mbéré Rift Valley is not exceptionally rich in bird species. • • Oribi (Ourebia ourebi) -This species was once widespread in the southern savannas of Chad. either within or outside existing parks. . The rare Abyssinian calao might be present in the zone. It may still possibly occur on isolated floodplains in less populated areas. The following sensitive bird species have the potential to occur in the study area: River prinia (Prinia fluviatilis)-This bird species was known only from waterside Vegetation in a few localities in southern Chad (Chappuis. the forest in the region east of the Sanaga River.• Buffon's or western kob (Kobus kob) -This species occurs along permanent watercourses within the savanna zone. and there may be some use of this area by seasonally migrating elephants. They include: • • Antbear. It is a nocturnal animal relatively widespread in savanna areas where termite species occur. south of latitude 11º north. • Roan (Hippotragus equinus) -This species exists in moderate numbers throughout most of the savanna zone of southern Chad. 1974). These species are partially protected under Article 25 of Chadian Wildlife Legislation. Elephants occur in the Mbéré Rift Valley.
potto. has to be carried out in close consultation with the owners of the remain sand be accompanied by certain rituals that should be performed by the descendants themselves. serval (Felis serval) and golden cat (Felis aurata). Another issue involves local religious beliefs. There is a strong prohibition against the disturbance of physical remains (buried in household compounds. for example. forest spirits frighten people from certain areas and cast their curses on individuals who might try to dare the spirits. locals believe that if projects do not do “what is necessary” they are doomed to .. • • • • Marabou stork (Leptoptilus crumenifer) — This species is common near water. In other areas. a water spirit is believed to exist that needs regular appeasement. These include the bongo (Boocercus euryceros). water chevrotain. African ground squirrel (Euxerus erythopus). In most of the “spirit culture” areas. The appeasement of spirits involves certain essential rituals that are performed by the local “notables”. yellow-billed egret (Egretta Intermedia). The warthog is not seen frequently and lion. and spotted hyena. Cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis). little egret (Egretta garzetta). Borassus aethiopum — a threatened endangered tree. ancestral remains may be moved to another site. Some species are still numerous in the Semideciduous Forest areas of Cameroon. though once present. Saddlebill stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis) — This species is occasionally found along rivers. apparently have disappeared from the region. and great white egret (Casmerodius alba) — These species are widespread to occasional along rivers. leopard. Many areas are considered to merit “special handling”. In a fishing village in the peri-urban area of Kribi. chevrotain.blue duiker. ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND SACRED SITES Sacred sites would pose a problem because they are not identified easily by outsiders. however. If absolutely necessary. several monkey species (e. galago. This decline is due to hunting pressure and loss of habitat from human activity.g.• • All vultures (Gyps and related genera) — All species currently appear to be stable. buare beginning to decline in numbers. On the other hand. local people state that they would be more than willing to identify such sites to contractors in advance of response work crews and to move sacred objects to new sites whenever possible. and chimpanzee). but the white-headed vulture (Gypohierax angolensis) is the least common. lakes. colobus. caracal. and open flooded areas. cemeteries are reserved for the burial of “strangers”). This. in most villages.
It is essential to note that most sacred areas are neither clearly marked nor easily identifiable. Undetectable levels of hydrocarbons can be obtained in produced water and manageable water columns. containing no bacteria. It is estimated that half of the labor force may refuse to work if accidents are attributed to the violation of certain rituals. including solubles such as phenols and BTEX. BURNING Controlled burning can effectively reduce the amount of oil in water. hydrocarbon-consuming bacteria. if done properly. and aromatics being biodegraded 200 times faster than in nature they also sometimes use the hydro fireboom to clean the oil up by taking it away from most of the oil and burning it. floating molecules to the surface of the water. hydrophobic chemical. and can cause air pollution. sheen is eliminated within minutes.fail. TREATMENT OIL SPILLAGE Methods for cleaning up include: BIOREMEDIATION ACCELERATOR: Bioremediation: use of microorganisms or biological agents to break down or remove oil. it is therefore important to verify the presence of such places in each area when making response operations decisions. An implication of this sort of belief is that if these rituals are not performed in the manner considered adequate by the local know how. Those specific bacteria break down the hydrocarbons into water and carbon dioxide. with EPA tests showing 98% of alkanes biodegraded in 28 days. In fact. no matter how minor. Oleophilic. Whether applied on land or on water. By over spraying sheen with bioremediation accelerator. are likely to be attributed to spirits that are “taking revenge” on those who showed them disrespect. which chemically and physically bonds to both soluble and insoluble hydrocarbons. the nutrient-rich emulsion creates a bloom of local. indigenous. pre-existing. The bioremediation accelerator acts as a herding agent in water and on the surface. forming gel-like agglomerations. project-related accidents. But it can only be done in low wind. they might be known only to the very small groups that perform their rituals there. Burning of oil can actually remove up to . especially if they feel physically or spiritually threatened.
Acetone and Naphtha. . scattered by currents. Dredging: for oils dispersed with detergents and other oils denser than water. recycled as an additive in asphalt or rubber products. Smaller oil droplets. . Skimming: Requires calm waters. clustering around oil globules and allowing them to be carried away in the water. may cause less harm and may degrade more easily. natural attenuation of oil may be most appropriate. This improves the surface aesthetically. Some solidifier product manufactures claim the solidified oil can be disposed of in landfills. There has been some success with this technique in Canada. Methyl Ethyl. Solidifiers are insoluble in water. Fieldtesting is needed to check. Watch and wait: in some cases. therefore the removal of the solidified oil is easy and the oil will not leach out. A solidifier called C. Solidifiers have been proven to be relatively non-toxic to aquatic and wild life and have been proven to suppress harmful vapors commonly associated with hydrocarbons such as Benzene. The reaction time for solidification of oil is controlled by the surf area or size of the polymer as well as the viscosity of the oil.Agent Solutions of Louisville. due to the invasive nature of facilitated methods of remediation.I. They clean up oil spills by changing the physical state of spilled oil from liquid to a semi-solid or a rubber-like material that floats on water.Agent (manufactured by C. Xylene. or burned as a low ash fuel. The burning of oil during the Gulf War was found not as large a problem as first thought because the amount of pollution in the atmosphere did not reach the expected high levels. and mobilizes the oil. particularly in ecologically sensitive areas such as wetlands.I.98% of an oil spill. MS to aid in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill cleanup. Recent research indicates that some dispersants are toxic to corals. USE OF DISPERSANTER Dispersants act as detergents. The spill must be a minimum of three millimeters thick and it must be relatively fresh for this method to work. Kentucky) is being used by BP in granular form as well as in Marine and Sheen Booms on Dauphin Island. SOLIDIFYING: Solidifiers are composed of dry hydrophobic polymers that both adsorb and absorb. AL and Fort Morgan. But the dispersed oil droplets infiltrate into deeper water and can lethally contaminate coral. .
This is why hay is put on beaches near an oil spill or why materials like vermiculite are spread over spilled oil. Skimmers get clogged easily and don’t work well on large oil spills or when the water is rough. the water is returned to the sea. and some kind of cable or chain that connects. One problem with using this method is that once the material is coated with oil. are used to soak up oil from the water’s surface or even from rocks and animal life on shore that becomes coated with oil. blot the oil from the surface with oil-attracting materials.VACUUM AND CENTRIFUGE: Oil can be sucked up along with the water. (3) Sorbents: These are materials that soak up liquids by either absorption or adsorption. it may then be heavier than water. and then a centrifuge can be used to separate the oil from the water . very much like paper towels. Usually. Equipment used includes (1) Booms: large floating barriers that round up oil and lift the oil off the water. and stabilizes the boom. This issue has hampered the use of centrifuges due to a United States regulation limiting the amount of oil in water returned to the sea. making the process more efficient. so storage tanks or barges have to be brought to the spill to hold the collected oil. The recovered oil has to be stored somewhere though. Much of the spilled oil can be recovered with skimmers. a ‘skirt’ that rides below the surface and prevents the oil from being pushed under the booms and escaping. strengthens. Oil will coat some materials by forming a liquid layer on their surface (adsorption). Absorbent materials. so equipment called containment booms act like a fence to keep the oil from spreading or floating away. Connected sections of boom are placed around the oil spill until it is totally surrounded and contained (2) Skimmers: Skimmers are machines that suck the oil up like a vacuum cleaner.It’s easier to clean-up oil if it’s all in one spot. or physically separate the oil from the water so that it spills over a dam into a tank. . but allowing small amounts of oil to go back as well. Booms float on the surface and have three parts: a ‘freeboard’ or part that rises above the water surface and contains the oil and prevents it from splashing over the top. This property makes removing the oil from the water much easier. Then you have the problem of the oil-coated material sinking to the bottom where it could harm animals living there.allowing a tanker to be filled with near pure oil.
As field production is initiated. After oil and gas production has been occurring for a time. such that when the oil production from the field is shut down. To maintain the hydraulic pressure in the petroleum reservoir. Dissolved minerals. These small droplets of oil then disperse or mix with the water. such as detergents. Suspended oil (non-polar). This water. introduction of production chemicals and more. the formation water will reach the production wells and water production will initiate. reinjection of produced water. as a consequence of higher density than oil. This pressure maintenance due to water injection causes high extensions in recoverable hydrocarbons but simultaneously contributes to increased water production. PRODUCED WATER . which occurs naturally in the reservoir. These chemicals break up a layer of oil into small droplets. (5) Vacuums: remove oil from beaches and water surface (6) Shovels and other road equipments: typically used to clean up oil on beaches B. Produced water is basically a mixture of formation water and injected water but also contains smaller quantities of: Dissolved organics (included hydrocarbons). PRODUCED WATER COMPOSITION: The compositions of formation water originally in place vary significantly in characteristics between the different reservoirs. bacterial activity.(4) Chemical and biological agents: helps to break down the oil Chemicals. Traces of heavy metals. the oil content can be as low as a couple of percent with ninety eight percent water. Solids (sand. Water is very often found together with petroleum in the reservoirs where the water. Dissolved hydrocarbons are found naturally in formation water and can be both toxic and bio-accumulative. silt) and Production chemicals. Such water-soluble . which is reduced as soon as production is started. produced water composition from the production wells may be continuously transformed due to injection of seawater. The problem with this method is that dispersants often harm marine life and the dispersed oil remains in the body of water where it is toxic to marine life. break apart floating oil into small particles or drops so that the oil is no longer in a layer on the water’s surface. is commonly known as formation water. reservoir stimulation. lays in vast layers below the hydrocarbons in the porous reservoir media. seawater is commonly pumped into the reservoir water layer below the hydrocarbons. The well water-cuts will normally increase throughout the whole oil and gas field lifetime.
governments and scientists that focus should now be put on dissolved organic components.components. 1 CONVENTIONAL TECHNOLOGY FOR WATER TREATMENT During petroleum production. Deferred production causes high economical losses and therefore continuous operations are always strived for. are together with heavy metals considered the most harmful contaminants in produced water. ethyl benzene and xylene). Some research programmed is completed and several new studies are underway to map possible consequences for living organisms. toluene. Results from recent research show however that fish exposed to alkyl phenols have disturbances in both organs and fertility. These results are serious and have triggered further investigations. 2 GRAVITY BASED SEPARATION . For a long time the only governmental regulation for produced water discharges in this petroleum sector has been concerning concentration of non-polar oil in water (OIW). Little attention has been given to dissolved organics. The water production system needs to be designed to receive continuously increasing quantities of water as oil production continues. where the difference in the density of the two liquids to be separated is utilized. polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) and alkylphenols. PRODUCED WATER IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT The most common practice in use in the North East Atlantic for management of produced water is treatment in gravity based separation equipment and discharge to sea. There are so many variable that the modelling is extremely complex. Flotation of the lighter . The long-term effects of such contaminants on the environment are not fully documented and understood.FLOTATION Produced water treatment has traditionally taken place in gravity based equipment. which in produced water are mainly BTEX (benzene. The quantity of produced water in Figure 3 that is not discharged to sea is re-injected into the reservoir or to another formation suitable for disposal. vast volumes of liquids have to be managed each day. There is now wide agreement within the petroleum industry. Dilution aspects and movement of species in the oceans makes definite conclusions hard to make. The capacity. heavy metals and production chemicals. The oil in water content shall be as low as possible and the industry shall make use of best available technology (BAT). reliability and performance of the produced water management system is often critical for continuous oil production particularly in mature oil field where the water production can greatly exceed the oil production. Such separation is commonly performed in huge horizontal tanks at different pressures.
3 SEPARATION TECHNIQUES BASED ON FILTRATION A well known technique for separating non soluble components is by filtration. This kind of equipment has high energy and higher maintenance requirements NEW CHALLENGES IN HANDLING PRODUCED WATER Gravity based separation techniques have together with static hydro cyclones been the most extensive method for treating produced water. Such treatment technologies are potentially advantageous because of very good separation degrees can be achieved. Another application for separation of oil and water is high-effect centrifuges. very high energy consumption and degradation of the filters elements with use. The advantages for this equipment type are high reliability (no moving parts). The most commonly used technology in offshore production since around 1990 is the static hydro cyclone that utilizes available pressure for enhanced speed in gravity separation. though to a less extent. However microfiltrations have found very limited practical application because of cost and poor operability. low maintenance. Reinjection could also cause degradation of the reservoir production quality and productivity. Because the device is motor driven it is often used for low pressure water streams. Other types of equipment have also been utilized. Unfortunately this requires extensive treatment prior to re. 4 CYCLONIC SEPARATION METHODS The continuous demand for higher treatment capacity in very limited space has resulted in improved treatment methods. Even if produced water systems more or less have functioned as intended with respect to the design specifications. and gives good separation effect and high capacity shows the water (red) going out in the underflow.components (oil) can be enhanced by means of finely distribute solution (pressure reduction) and parallel plate packages installed diagonally in the separation vessel. requires very little space. the future has brought new considerations regarding what is sufficient treatment. A good alternative for disposal of produced water would be to send it back into the reservoir where it came from as part of the pressure support. Several principles for handling produced water have been considered including microfiltration membranes and media filters.injection and due to high costs it is an economically viable alternative mainly for fields with large water production. mostly in special cases with difficult operating treatment characteristics or small volumes. or to another suitable formation. . while oil (blue) is forced into the middle and led out in the cyclone overflow.
The process is very sensitive to the available condensate quality. often prior to cyclonic separation.RECENT PRODUCED WATER TREATMENT DEVELOPMENTS As there is still no economically practically method for disposal of all the produced water via reinjection or various recycle methods. These systems have no effect on removing dissolved hydrocarbons. The new systems include the use of nano filtration membranes. One method is to install a special fiber media in the pipelining or the hydro cyclone vessels that attracts oil droplets and promotes coalescence into larger aggregates. which have higher solubility in the condensate. This equipment has undergone extensive pilot testing and its field tests are imminent. the high costs and complexity of these treatment techniques means that applications are only experimental. The devices are installed upstream of the cyclonic vessels to increase oil droplet diameters which will result in better separation degree in the hydro cyclones. The different technologies all have their operating characteristics that make them suitable for only certain produced waters or operating characteristics. 1SEPARATION BY FILTRATION Utilization of membranes has been considered for treatment of oily wastewater to reduce dissolved components. However. go into the condensate phase and are separated in the hydro cyclones. The dispersed and dissolved hydrocarbons. but are simple and easily retrofitted. The process of coalescence could be accelerated by different means. 3 ENHANCED OIL SEPARATIONS BY MEANS OF COALESCENCE Several modern produced water treatment methods are based on the coalescing of dispersed oil droplets. 2 WATER TREATMENTS BY EXTRACTION Another technology that has been widely tested on both pilot and full scale on the Norwegian continental shelf is rooted in the solvent properties of supercritical liquids (CTour). although the filtration method has very good separation effect. Other processes include combinations of chemical injection (coagulation/flocculation) and mechanical agitation in . a range of innovative wastewater technologies have been developed or are under development. The fiber media is sensitive to fouling and any abrasive elements (sand) in the water. There is a major focus on new technique to remove dissolved components from produced water. The process utilizes liquid condensate (NGL) from the gas scrubbers and injects it into the produced water upstream of the hydro cyclones.
Unfortunately most processes involve filters and therefore are restricted in volume or require advanced regeneration processes which could be both energy demanding and expensive. Implementation of new process equipment is usually not needed.specially built vessels. less heavy and more compact treatment facilities. The agent separates dispersed and dissolved hydrocarbons and is floated and skimmed off in a flotation vessel downstream the in-mixing point. The agent is injected into the produced water upstream a static mixer or various process equipment (pumps. Compact flotation units are hybrid cyclone/degassers that could replace standard degasser equipment. .) to provide sufficient in. The Nature process utilizes documented non. NATURE EXPERIENCE WITH PRODUCED WATER Nature technology has achieved good results in separating both polar (dissolved) and non-polar (OIW) hydrocarbons from several produced water types from the Norwegian continental shelf.mixing. Nature is delivering services and equipment for efficient handling of polluted wastewater from onshore. THE NATURE PROCESS FOR PRODUCED WATER TREATMENT The Nature process for treatment of produced water is based on addition of patented coagulant/flocculants in existing or partially modified water systems.hazardous agents for professional treatment of oily produced water. polymer and clay technologies 5THE NATURE TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS Nature Technology Solution (Nature) provides state of the art treatment and management of most kinds of contaminated wastewater. The OIW concentration was 93 ppm before treatment with nature coagulant. 4 METHODS BASED ON ADSORPTION Adsorption has proven a successful area in maintaining compliance with produced water discharges. Rapid processing time promotes small. The adsorption techniques include activated carbon filters with regeneration by wet air oxidation and oil-adsorbing media canisters based on resins. Produced water from the Shell operated Draugen installation was treated with Nature coagulant in the spring 2002. shipping and the offshore industry Nature offers a range of physical. valves etc. chemical and biological treatment methods for industrial wastewater. The Nature technology provides excellent water handling at low capital and operating costs. THE NATURE PROCESS – Why Advantageous? The Nature process combines coalescence and adsorption and significantly reduces dissolved and dispersed hydrocarbons from produced water to less than 5 ppm.
chromium (27-80 mg/kg). heavy metals. The salinity in the Kuwait produced water was quite high. cadmium (0. SLUGE Crude oil is a major source of energy and feedstock for petrochemicals. manganese (19-24 mg/kg).mixing and flocculation time of 150 and 120 seconds respectively. bio-sludge and chemical sludge are the major sludge generated from the processed sand effluent treatment plants of the refineries engaged in crude oil refining operations. Uncontrolled disposal practices of sludge in India cause degradation of environmental and depreciation of aesthetic quality. The OIW concentration in the Statfjord C produced water was 19 ppm before treatment with Nature coagulant. Refineries in India generate about 28. which is generated in much higher amount compared to other sludge. Oily sludge. A ranking exercise has been carried out to evaluate the alternatives and select the appropriate one. Four tests were performed on disposal well water at 50 °C.6 % respectively. C. In. Sludge generation and management.12 mg/kg).mixing and flocculation periods were set to 60 and 120 seconds respectively. Three different doses of Nature coagulant CF – 200 (dry solid) were added to the water. Figure 7 presents reduction of OIW following treatment with three different doses Nature coagulant CF – 200 (dry The produced water temperature and salinity was 80 °C and 3. 2. copper (32-120 mg/kg) and lead (0. Oily sludge is also generated when oily wastewater is treated in an American Petroleum. Sources of sludge generation in refineries have been depicted in Fig. Various types of pollutants like phenols. Findings of a case study undertaken by the authors for Numaligarh Refinery in India have been presented. Produced water temperature was 50 °C. Environmental impact due to improper sludge management has also been identified. Oily sludge. The water sample from the disposal pit had such low oil in water concentration (2 ppm) that further testing was cancelled.4 %.220tons of sludge per annum.Three different doses were used during fixed in. Oily sludge is usually generated during cleaning operations of crude oil tanks. measured to 10 % salt concentration. Various system alternatives have been identified for waste management in Numaligarh Refinery. A detailed design of the selected waste management system has been presented.(1) Biological sludge is usually . are present in the sludge and they are treated as hazardous waste. tanks are usually cleaned once in 4 to 5 years. bio sludge and chemical sludge.001-0. zinc (7-80 mg/kg). Salient features of various treatment and disposal practices have been discussed. contains phenol (90-100 mg/kg). In Indian refineries. The major sludge generated from the refineries is oily sludge. nickel (17-25 mg/kg).8-2 mg/kg). Draugen salinity was measured to < 3. etc.
The total capacities of the plant after expansion and future sludge generation scenarios have been depicted. Leachate contaminated with the pollutants migrates through subsoil strata and pollutes the ground water. Uncontrolled disposal of oily sludge from the tank and dried sludge from the lagoon on land also causes serious environmental pollution. the majority of the refineries are located in coastal areas where the ground water table is high. Bio-sludge and chemical sludge are usually stored in drying beds. and a few are unlined. In the refineries in India oily sludge from wastewater treatment plant is usually stored in lagoons. The total quantity of sludge generated in Indian refineries is about 28. In lagoons. The locations of landfill sites of Indian refineries have mostly been selected according to availability of land and convenience rather than consideration of the hydro geological features of the sites.220 tons/year. Centrifuge and vacuum filters are used in these refineries for dewatering and volume reduction of sludge. A sludge treatment facility is available in a few refineries. Dried bio sludge is often applied on agricultural land and gardens in order to exploit its manure potential. mercaptans. etc. gravels. . Moreover. However.generated during biological treatment of waste water. Environmental impact of disposal activities The majority of the lagoons of refineries in India are lined with cement and bricks. In order to meet the growing demands for petroleum products. for example the characteristics of crude oil. The quantity of sludge generation depends on various factors. presence of heavy metals in the sludge is a major constraint for its safe use as manure. It has been observed that cracks developed in these lagoons which make a pathway for the leach to enter the ground water aquifer and thus ground water is contaminated. phenolic and other acidic compounds. etc. effluent and sludge treatment process involved. most of the refineries are being expanded and new refineries are being set up. The drying beds in the refineries are provided with filter medium like sands. disposal of sludge create problems of odour and fire hazard. Solutions of sodium hydroxide are used primarily to wash the hydrocarbon products in order to remove dissolved sulphides. Oily sludge from the crude oil tank and the dried sludges from lagoons are disposed of in low-lying areas. It is obtained from trickling filter and clarifier unit. (2) Chemical sludge is generated during the treatment of caustic treated effluent with ferric chloride and polyelectrolyte. The sandy soils in these regions promote rapid infiltration of leachate.
(3) Ashes resulting from the incineration process contain heavy metals and need to be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. 1982) where it is successfully implemented in a wide range of soil types and climatic conditions.TREATMENT AND DISPOSAL. Though incineration of sludges is practiced in a few developed countries. Lagoons are used as storage places for sludges and cannot provide long term solutions for the ultimate disposal of sludges. 1987). A significant reduction in the volume of waste is achieved during the incineration process. temperature and turbulence are the major factors. The lagoons are usually lined with bricks and cement. followed by application of fertilizer and regular planting of crops. Moreover. sludges are disposed of in the pits located within desert areas (Einawawy Amins et al. The salient features of various treatment and disposal options for refinery sludges and their applicability. it is not popular due to the following reasons: (1) Fugitive and stack emissions from incineration and products of incomplete combustion cause environmental pollution. SLUDGE DISPOSAL IN LAGOON/PIT Containment of oily sludges in a lagoon is one of the commonly used methods for storage/disposal of sludges. particularly in North America (Arora et al. (4) Commercial incinerators which are available in India are not designed for the burning of oily sludge from refineries. lagooning of refinery sludge is not an environmentally friendly solution to the disposal problem. type and population of microflora and the rate of oxygen transfer. INCINERATION OF OILY SLUDGE Incineration is the process of complete combustion of wastes in the presence of excess air. In Kuwait. (2) Incineration is the treatment process only and landfill facilities are still needed for the final disposal of ashes. This method is widely practiced. Non-availability of incinerators appropriate for the burning of refinery sludge and the emission of polluting gases are the major constraints in adopting incineration for disposal of refinery sludges in India. The structure of the soil and humus content are the major factors in the process of hydrocarbon decomposition as they influence oil and water retention. Land farming . This method depends mainly on the natural in-situ biological decomposition of hydrocarbons by the vast and varied population of micro flora in natural soils associated with photo-degradation. LAND FARMING Land farming involves the application of wastes in controlled quantities to the land. Time. which control the combustion process.
1987) and India. Most of the powdered activated carbon is recycled with the activated sludge. the isolation from air and water is achieved through the use of thick layers of impermeable clay and synthetic liner. the feasibility of this technique for large-scale application in India is yet to be established. The secure landfill system also employs a leachate collection system above the bottom liner as a safeguard. In this treatment system both biological oxidation and carbon absorption occur simultaneously. but the system requires a continuous makeup of fresh carbon. the sludges are disposed of by secure landfill technique. The unit processes of aeration and sedimentation are common to both the SBR and activated sludge systems. flexible membrane liners and soil for vegetation. oily sludge has been applied at the rate of 5-10 kg/m2 on soil of silty clay category to produce crops burseem & mellet (Gujrat Refinery. UK. it is capped with layers of clay. The top is contoured to prevent ponding of rainwater on the surface and the vegetated contoured clay cover prevents water intrusion into the completed landfill. Secure landfill is popular in developed countries such as the USA. 1991). Various environmental issues such as the presence of oily odour during initial spreading. Environmental problems encountered during land disposal have been solved to a large extent by the introduction of secure landfill technique. groundwater pollution due to migration of leachate contaminated with hydrocarbons. Germany. phenols and heavy metals and health problems associated with the contact of oily sludge need detailed investigations before any largescale application. sedimentation and clarification in a single reactor. In . SECURE LANDFILL OF SLUDGES In secure landfill techniques. In India. However. When landfill is completed. ACTIVATED SLUDGE TREATMENT WITH POWDERED ACTIVATED CARBON (PACT® The PACT® (Powdered Activated Carbon Treatment) system is similar to the conventional activated sludge system described above. SEQUENCING BATCH REACTOR A sequencing batch reactor (SBR) is a fill-and-draw semi-batch biological treatment alternative that employs aeration. thus enhancing the removal of contaminants in the wastewater. After dewatering.has also been tried on an experimental basis in Kuwait (Einawawy Amins et al. etc. PACT® systems are generally used for refinery wastewater in those cases where stringent standards need to be met for certain contaminants. Canada.
Biological activity is initiated in this cycle of operation. cementing is used to seal a lost circulation zone. The settling is accomplished under quiescent conditions. or an area where there is a reduction or absence of flow within the well. Also. cementing protects and seals the wellbore. in order to run a directional well from that point. Most commonly. it could be zero or could be days. it is used in multi-tank systems. aeration is terminated and MLSS is allowed to settle. In directional drilling. CEMENTING WASTE Used for a number of different reasons. wastewater with the substrate is added to the reactor. MEMBRANE BIOREACTOR TECHNOLOGY Membrane bioreactors (MBRs) are suspended growth biological treatment processes and are a variation on the activated sludge system. thereby providing time to one reactor to complete its fill phase before switching to another unit. displacing the drilling fluids still . A membrane bioreactor combines a membrane process (e. The sludge blanket at the bottom of the reactor is maintained so that it is available as seed sludge for the next cycle. The various steps of operation are described below: ● Fill: During the fill operation. Additionally. The aeration system is not operated as the reactor is charged with wastewater from the equalization tank. or is withdrawn from the reactor during the settle period. Part of the completion process of a prospective production well. ● Idle: This is not a necessary step and is usually omitted for the refinery wastewater treatment system. SBR technology is increasingly uncommon and has limited application in refinery wastewater treatment.microfiltration) with a suspended growth bioreactor. cementing is used to permanently shut off water penetration into the well. Cementing is performed when the cement slurry is deployed into the well via pumps. clarified or treated supernatant effluent is withdrawn from the upper portion of the reactor. cementing is used to plug an existing well. ● React: During this step. wastewater is aerated in the same way as in the activated sludge system. A schematic of a typical MBR system is D. Generally.activated sludge systems the unit operations take place in different basins.g . ● Decant: During the decant period. The idle period is the time between the draw and the fill. while in the SBR the operations take place in a sequential order in a common basin. Although still practiced in some refineries. no flow enters. cementing can be used to seal the annulus after a casing string has been run in a wellbore. thereby eliminating the secondary clarification used in an activated sludge system. ● Settle: In this step. cementing is used to plug a well to abandon it.
as well as permanently positions the casing in place. lightweight and heavyweight additives are added. . which functions as a oneway valve allowing the cement slurry to enter the well. and replacing them with cement. and hardens. Cementing the Well. and cement slurry is pumped into the well behind it. as well. Keeping the drilling fluids from mixing with the cement slurry. which will eventually be the pipe through which the hydrocarbons flow to the surface. In order to plug lost circulation zones. Then the pressure on the cement being pumped into the well is increased until a diaphragm is broken within the bottom plug. Additives can be added to transform the compressive strength of the cement. as well as flow properties and dehydration rates. Extenders can be used to expand the cement in an effort to reduce the cost of cementing. Two wiper plugs. is run into the well. that sweep the inside of the casing and prevent mixing: the bottom plug and the top plug. In order to decrease or increase the density of the cement. as well as retarders. Additives can be include accelerators. bridging materials are added. or cementing plugs. The cement slurry flows to the bottom of the wellbore through the casing. This creates a seal so that outside materials cannot enter the well flow. permitting the slurry to flow through it and up the outside of the casing string. or steel pipe. an L-shaped cementing head is fixed to the top of the wellhead to receive the slurry from the pumps. The bottom plug is then caught just above the bottom of the wellbore by the float collar. After casing. which shorten the setting time required for the cement. and antifoam additives can be added to prevent foaming within the well. which do the opposite and make the cement setting time longer. the bottom plug is introduced into the well.located within the well. From there it fills in the space between the casing and the actual wellbore.
cement or adoption of poor placement procedures. Once the top plug reaches the bottom plug. DIAGNOSIS. the pumps are turned off. special cements can be employed.Bottom and Top Plugs After the proper volume of cement is pumped into the well. under high temperature or pressure. Cement contamination will result in: • • increased pH an increase in Pf and calcium . a top plug is pumped into the casing pushing the remaining slurry through the bottom plug. The amount of time it takes cement to harden is called thickening time or pump ability time. and the cement is allowed to set. as well as in corrosive environments. SOURCES OF CONTAMINATION The main source of this contamination is the drilling of green. For setting wells at deep depths.
2.0. pre-treat the mud with 0.5 .5-1. 4. Filter the slurry on the standard filter press. When large quantities of cement are drilled it may not be economical to treat out the contamination due to the large concentrations of bicarbonate required. 3. Continue mixing for two minutes to ensure no pH rise. This is because the majority of the cement will stay in suspension rather than go into solution due to the high pH.1 NH2S04 to a pH of 7. an incorrect treatment level will be obtained. If this is insufficient. Add 90 cm3 distilled water to 10 cm3 mud.0 lb/bbl of sodium bicarbonate. the best . Titrate 10 cm3 of filtrate with standard Versenate (001 molar). treat cement contamination at the rate of 0.• a large increase in Pm. the following procedure is recommended: 1.15 lb/bbl sodium bicarbonate per 100 ppm calcium (determine calcium using procedure below) • If sodium bicarbonate treatment levels are based on filtrate calcium only.8. 5. To obtain the total calcium level. TREATMENT • Prior to drilling cement. In this case. Calcium = mls versenate x 4000 Note: 1. Titrate with 0.
3. In interwell tests. the tracer is injected at one well along with the carrier fluid (water in a waterflood or gas in a gas flood) and detected at a producing well after some period of time. paint sludge. Below you will find resources to help owners and operators of auto repair shops understand and comply with federal. E. volatile organic compounds and hazardous air pollutants are released into the environment. In single well tests. and enamels are flammable. tracer is injected into the formation from a well and then produced out the same well. F. primer waste. state. Also. Are used in the oil industry in order to qualitatively or quantitatively gauge how fluid flows through the reservoir. the rig crew shall be aware of the possibility of plugged/blinded screens. These pollutants are regulated under the Clean Air Act. a hazardous waste determination must be made on waste paint. 2. The solvents may be characteristically hazardous due to their ignitability or they could be a listed hazardous waste. The delay between a tracer that does not react with the formation (a conservative tracer) and one that does (a partitioning tracer) will give an indication of residual oil saturation. and spray booth filters.course of action may be to change out the contaminated mud for new mud or drill cement with sea water if available. lacquers. during spray painting operations. When drilling cement. Tracers can be used in either interwell tests or single well tests. CRUDE OIL RADIOACTIVE TRACERS WASTE. lead and chromium. many primers. solvents/thinners. as well as being a useful tool for estimating residual oil saturation. such as arsenic. The paints and paint sludges may be hazardous if they contain heavy metals. Onshore operations tend to drill cement with well water and or mud and dump the contaminated mud. PAINTING WASTE: If you conduct spray painting operations. Furthermore. a piece of information that is difficult to acquire by . which can be anything from days to years. and local regulations concerning painting operations as well as "green" practices to reduce your wastes and emissions from spray paint.
which has enabled the EPA to issue NPDES permits for offshore discharges of treated muds and cuttings. but after repeated use it picks up fine rock particles and water soluble subsurface minerals until it is no longer economically practical to recondition it. cuttings are ground using a ball mill. gas or liquid and have been used extensively in the oil industry and hydrology for decades. G. bentonitic clays.Much of this drill mud is recycled. At the drill bit/rock interface. In at least one North Slope oil field. the column of mud creates hydrostatic pressure which keeps pressurized oil or gas from being expelled uncontrollably (a “blowout”). chemical additives. . or other products. As it flows up the annular space. One roundtable suggestion was to investigate lower toxicity components or better reconditioning techniques. The colloidal mass can then be separated from the water either by centrifugal processes or by simply allowing it to settle in a pit. The ground material is then slurried and injected into a permeable subsurface formation. it cools and lubricates the cutting action. The remaining fluid is then disposed of by deep injection. Most important. tiles. DRILLING FLUID (DRILL MUD): Drill mud (also called cutting mud) is a complex colloidal mixture of water. and trace amounts of oil from cuttings of the hydrocarbon-bearing zones. This mud serves several purposes in oil drilling as it is circulated down the inside of the rotating drill from the surface and backup the annular space between the drill pipe and the drilled hole. Several participants noted that more uniform drilling systems and chemical formulations in a single oil field or petroleum province might lead to more cost effective recycling of muds by avoiding the “customized” treatment required when multiple formulations are used. Drill cutting: Drill cuttings are the pieces of rock and soil removed from the ground as a drill bit cuts a hole for a well. Tracers can be radioactive or chemical. Much progress has been made in the last decade in the employment of low toxicity mud additives.other means. Another suggestion was to investigate the recycling of used muds or cuttings into masonry. it lifts rock chips which can then be screened out at the surface. Present technology for disposal of these cuttings is to bury them in a nonleaching lined landfill which freezes and becomes incorporated into the permafrost on the Alaskan North Slope. bentonite caps for landfills.
polyphosphates. named after the color of the red tannic acid salts. HEALTH EFFECT ASSOCIATED WITH DRILLING FLUIDS CONTACT: The risk of adverse health effects from drilling fluids is determined by the hazardous components of the fluids. there has been a concern that organic components might break down. xanthan gum. carboxymethylcellulose. nausea. The effects are caused by the physico-chemical properties of the drilling fluid as well as the inherent properties of drilling fluid additives. polyanionic cellulose (PAC). There was a particular concern that base oil high in aromatics might contain. Since drilling fluids are subjected to elevated temperatures and increased pressures. oral and others.COMPOSITION OF DRILLING MUD: Water-based drilling mud most commonly consists of bentonite clay (gel) with additives such as barium sulfate (barite). with headache. or starch. glycol. Red mud was the name for a Quebracho-based mixture. lignosulfonates (Lig) or tannic acid derivates such as Quebracho) are frequently used. Some other common additives include lubricants. Skin irritation and contact dermatitis are the most common health effects observed from drilling fluids exposure in human beings. inhalation. anionic polyelectrolytes (e. or chemical reactions might occur. while muds (drilling fluids) based on alkyl benzenes might break down to yield free . deflocculants are used to reduce viscosity of clay-based muds. and fluid loss additives (to control loss of drilling fluids into permeable formations). shale inhibitors. Other components are added to provide various specific functional characteristics as listed above.g. additives and by human exposure to those components. to form more toxic substances. and coughing seen less frequently. e. it was commonly used in 1940s to 1950s. calcium carbonate (chalk) or hematite. eye irritation. Various thickeners are used to influence the viscosity of the fluid. INHALATION EXPOSURE: The potential chemical changes in drilling during use and recycling can result in more toxic substance being released. guar gum. A weighting agent such as barite is added to increase the overall density of the drilling fluid so that sufficient bottom hole pressure can be maintained thereby preventing an unwanted (and often dangerous) influx of formation fluids. In turn. acrylates. and then was made obsolete when lignosulfonates became available.g. or form Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs). and are dependent on the route of exposure such as dermal.
and the mist contain droplets of the hydrocarbon fraction used. 1998). 5. olefins. (2000). OGP and IPIECA (2009) also reported that drilling fluids are often circulated in an open system at elevated temperatures with agitation that can result in a combination of vapours. mono-aromatics and/or polycyclic aromatics. DERMATITIS AND IRRITATION: Skin contact with drilling fluids or mud can also cause inflammation of the skin. also reported that petroleum distillates such crude oil. and other changes in the normal condition of the skin (Fig. redness. Lymphoreticular effects and pulmonary effects DERMAL EXPOSURE: Most chemicals are readily absorbed through the skin and can cause other health effects and/or contribute to the dose absorbed by inhalation of the chemical from the air. The potential dermal exposure is not limited to the hands and forearms. swelling. there is a high likelihood of dermal exposure resulting in dermatitis and skin irritation. skin is a more significant route of exposure than the lung (OSHA. aerosol and/or dust above the mud pit. They are also irritating to the skin and mucus membrane. and pulmonary toxicity when they are inhaled or ingested. which . Actual exposure depends on the drilling fluid system and the use of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).benzene. Many studies indicate that absorption of chemicals through the skin can occur without being noticed by the worker. hepatic.. Signs and symptoms of dermatitis can include itching. but occasionally dermatitis also occurs in divers who make contact with discarded cuttings on the sea bed (Ormerod et al. This hydrocarbon fraction may contain additives. these will evaporate at relatively higher rates potentially resulting in higher concentrations in the vapour phase than anticipated. Haematological effect. blisters. immunologic. Petroleum hydrocarbons will remove natural fat from the skin. toluene. Carcinogenicity. but extends to all parts of the body. 2009). On the drill floor. It should be noted that although the hydrocarbon fraction may contain negligible amounts of known hazardous constituents such as Benzene. neurologic. ATSDR (1999a) reported some health effects associated with inhalation exposure as: Neurological effects. referred to as dermatitis. skin contamination can be broad. When drilling fluids are circulated in an open system with agitation. ethylbenzene and xylenes (BTEX) at low boiling point. naphthenes and aromatics). In many cases. Anonymous. diesel oil (Group I-Non Aqueous Fluids) have been associated with renal. In the case of water-based fluids the vapours comprise steam and dissolved additives. McDougal et al. sulphur. In the case of non-aqueous drilling fluids the vapours can consist of the low boiling-point fraction of hydrocarbons (paraffin. Immunological effect. scaling. 2009). in particular.
by the oral route. the additives in the fluid may still cause irritation or dermatitis. together with a risk of exposure then. corrosive or sensitizing properties (Cauchi. The hepatic effects tend to be mild. which do not readily penetrate the skin but are absorbed into the skin. Benzene causes haematological effects by the oral route that is similar to those seen from inhalation exposure. inhalation and others. Petroleum streams containing these compounds. several drilling fluid additives may have irritants. specifically with aromatics and C8-C14 paraffins. In addition to the irritancy of the drilling fluid hydrocarbon constituents. HIERARCHY OF PRINCIPLE OF CONTROL: If hazardous components of drilling fluids are identified at each stage of any drilling operation or areas where drilling fluids are likely to be exposed. These conditions allow compounds to permeate through the skin leading to skin irritation and dermatitis. 5: Dermatitis of the hands irritation can be petroleum hydrocarbons.. WBFs). ORAL EXPOSURE: Oral exposure is negligible as compared to the other exposure routes such dermal. Oral exposure may occur when hands are not well washed before they are used to handle thing like cigarette. 2004). generally central nervous system depression. Linear alpha olefins and esters commonly used in drilling fluids are only slightly irritating to skin. 2009). Some individuals may be especially susceptibility to these effects. Renal and hepatic effects are also seen with oral exposure to these compounds. C Engineering controls (greater enclosure) . hereby causing irritation (McDougal et al. Excessive exposure under conditions of poor personal hygiene may lead to oil acne and folliculitis (OGP and IPIECA. including increased liver weight an cytochromes. the following hierarchy of principles of control should be considered: C Elimination (not feasible) C Substitution (low toxic base oils. Data for the oral route of exposure are less extensive. ATSDR (1997) concluded that it is reasonable to expect that adverse haematological and immunological effects might occur following dermal exposure to benzene. are clearly irritating to skin. This is suggested to become malignant caused by the paraffins. For example calcium chloride has irritant properties and zinc bromide is corrosive whereas a polyamine emulsifier has been associated with sensitizing properties. 2000). Although water based fluids are not based on hydrocarbons. The BTEXs cause neurological effects.results in drying and cracking. such as kerosene and diesel (gas oil). whereas linear internal olefins are not irritating to skin. Skin Fig. Renal effects are the basis for the intermediate.
EXPOSURE INDICATORS: In spite of the challenges of setting health exposure standards of drilling fluid exposure to oil and gas workers. purified and thus unpolluted water can be discharged into the environment. the coarser solids are separated off by a decanter of the . Drilling fluids are understood to be viscous emulsions which are circulated through the drilling pipe during drilling for crude oil in order to pump the milled product upwards at the same time as the oil. however.C Administrative controls (rotate jobs. education of Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH). This task is performed by the high-speed decanters and clarifiers from GEA Westfalia Separator. etc. Once the drilling fluids have passed through a coarse screen and had a flocculant and a flush liquid added. C There is no scientific basis on which to set health exposure limit C Exposure must be made up of all pertinent fractions such aerosol. hygiene measures. This means that the drilling fluids have to be continuously cleaned to ensure a smooth drilling process. C It unclear about the longer term of health effect. vapour. TREATMENT OF DRILLING FLUIDS AND DRILLING MUD: Contaminated drilling fluids and mud are a considerable potential hazard to the sensitive marine ecosystem. so continuous treatment is all the more important. The appropriate process treats the contaminated fluids and muds sufficiently so that by the end of the process. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has researched into the BTEXs which are released as a result of drilling fluids during agitation under high pressures and temperature. These emulsions rapidly become contaminated with mud.. C Exposure should reflect the level that can be achieved using good practices. The contaminated fluids are also a hazard to the sea. and all variation in composition. skin management systems and improved laundry practices) C Personal protective equipment (chemical resistant slicker suit and gloves) CHALLENGES IN SETTING DRILLING FLUID EXPOSURE STANDARDS: The health exposure standard of drilling fluid during oil and gas operations has always not be given the same attention or concern as its effects and risk management guidelines due to the following challenges: C Drilling fluids are complex mixtures of variable composition. salt water and oil residues. The study presents these findings by ATSDR as an Exposure Indicator or Lowest Observed Adverse Effect Level (LOAEL) for drilling fluid exposure to operators to help reduce the dangers of abnormal drilling fluids exposure.
work efficiently on drilling platforms and FPSOs. A clarifier from GEA Westfalia Separator then separates the fine residual solids so that the liquid phase can be discharged into the environment in the form of pure water after passing through a protective filter. thinners and fluid loss additives. in the form of the Westfalia Separator cdforce generation. structure forming agents.appropriate output. which became the basis for electrochemical activation technology. Drilling mud is a complex poly-disperse system containing clayey mineral particles in water with added organic substances . had been over. The electrochemical methods of and devices for drilling mud treatment. The liquid phase is initially passed to a slop oil tank. The main technological function of drilling mud is bringing drill cuttings .stabilizers. GEA Westfalia Separator has also developed special highspeed decanters which. Treatment of drilling fluids To treat drilling mud rich in solids. THE ELECTROCHEMICAL METHOD OF DRILLING MUD TREATMENT. This complies with the “zero emission” philosophy in an exemplary manner.
as well as on chemical composition and electrolyte content of the liquid phase of drilling mud. and attempt practical application of the discovered effect in the process of oil and gas well drilling. there increased absolute value of particles’ negative charge. actually unipolar.from the well bottom to the surface. This crust prevents products of anode electrochemical reactions from entering the drilling mud. The reported effect had not been known before. causing growth of forces putting in good order structural arrangement of interacting clayey particles. the stronger thixotropic properties of drilling mud (structural-mechanic strength) with simultaneously lower dynamic viscosity (paradox). therefore the solution’s рН value increases due to cathode. electrochemical treatment. in a high voltage electric field close to the cathode surface (in the area of spatial charge). At the same time. Under the influence of electrochemical treatment. and three years later –electrochemical activation. Passing current through drilling mud commonly results in deposition on the anode of firm clayey crust made up of the most fine-disperse and highly-charged clayey particles. Bakhir low-voltage polarization. the charge density depending on surface configuration and chemical composition of clayey particle crystal lattice. the cathode surface area being smaller than the anode one. difference of potentials between the edges and facets of argillaceous particles also increased. The paradox can be explained in the following way: electric charges accumulated on the edges and pointed parts of tiny scales or needle-like particles of argillaceous minerals are several times stronger than the charges on their flat facets. the smaller the cathode area as compared to the anode one. The above-indicated first invention established a non-chemical method to improve drilling mud parameters by treatment in an engineering electrochemical system consisting of a current power supply and two electrodes. Electrochemical and chemical regulation methods. therefore the process of unipolar cathode electrochemical treatment of drilling mud was first called by V. In this . It was found that in conditions of the same consumed quantity of specific power. drilling mud’s structural and mechanical properties improved due not to mechanical. thus enhancing their repulsion forces and therefore lowering viscosity.M. So. however. but to electrostatic adhesion of clayey particles. Clayey particles in drilling mud are normally negatively charged.
the surfaces of drilling rig circulation system coming into contact with drilling mud actually performed the function of anode. mainly barium sulphate. In parts where gas is extracted Po-210 and Pb-210 is the most important contaminant due to the decay of radon in the gas. The origin of the radioactivity is of course the natural occurrence of uranium and thorium in the bedrock. calcium. The piping from which the scale is removed are often slightly contaminated as well. Radium is chemically similar to these elements and as a result is incorporated into the scales. and strontium compounds that precipitate from the produced water due to changes in temperature and pressure. This results in a slurry of scale. pumps. . Scale formed in the oil and gas industry is. due to cracks and corrosion on the pipe walls. SCALES The oil and gas TENORM-contamination arises in the piping. Barium sulphate is a substance more or less famous for its very low solubility product.electrochemical system. water and some oil which can be radioactive or not. according to the literature [see for example 1]. However. Concentrations of Radium-226 (Ra-226) are generally higher than those of Ra-228. the method had a significant disadvantage. Since radium is a chemical analogue to barium. which will then become radioactive and in need of treatment/ handling according to the local regulations. valves and tanks used in the drilling and oil-extraction processes due to so-called scale which is mainly a precipitation containing radioactivity. Scale is often removed from piping with high-pressure water-jetting. Scale is composed primarily of insoluble barium. radium will naturally accumulate in the scale matrix of barium sulphate. the necessity to periodically remove clayey crust from anode surface and laboriousness of this procedure. that is. Practical trials proved the method’s high efficiency. H. which allowed saving up to 30 % of chemical reagents commonly used for a well drilling. The radioactivity in the scale is dominated by radium and its daughter nuclides. In other parts of the North Sea the radium is not the main contamination.
When these pipes are removed from the well. consisting of concentrated inorganic solids such as barium sulfate. The API found that the highest concentrations of radioactivity are in the scale in wellhead piping and in production piping near the wellhead. where scale deposits as thick as four inches may accumulate. especially as the pipes are cleaned for reuse. Pipes from three oil fields were rattled to collect as much . and the general area inhabited by workers during the descaling operation. Concentrations were as high as tens of thousands of picocuries per gram. However. A portion of this scale has been shown to contain naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM).Scales are normally found on the inside of piping and tubing. predominantly compounds of radium. As the oil in a reservoir dwindles and more water is pumped out with the oil. incidental ingestion of the pipe scale dust. In some cases brine is introduced into the formation to enhance recovery. external exposure from uncleaned pipes. If the scales contain TENORM. this also increases scale formation. Exposure rate data were also obtained for both the pre-cleaned pipes. Four radiation exposure pathways were investigated: inhalation of pipe scale dust generated during pipe rattling. can deposit on the inside of down-hole pipes during the normal course of oil field pumping operations.00s0 pCi/g) or lower depending on regional geology Petroleum pipe scale. there is a potential for radiation doses to the oil field workers handling the pipes. A thorough sampling and measurement protocol was applied under a variety of weather conditions in an outdoor laboratory to obtain an accurate indication of the radiological and aerodynamic characteristics of scale release and dust dispersion during petroleum pipe scale removal from out-of-service pipes with a restored. the amount of scale increases. the largest volumes of scale occur in three areas: (1) (2) (3) Water lines associated with separators. historically relevant outdoor pipe-cleaning machine. the radiation will remain in solution and eventually be passed on to the produced waters. It can be much higher (as high as 400. Chemical scale inhibitors may be applied to the piping complexes to prevent scales from slowing the oil extraction process. (separate gas from the oil and water) Heater treaters (divide the oil and water phases) Gas dehydrators. Approximately 100 tons of scales per oil well are generated annually in the United States. The average radium concentration in scale has been estimated to be 480 pCi/g. and external exposure from pipe scale dispersed on the ground.
From the above given prerequisites a process which can handle both the scale and scrapped steel piping was designed.6 ± 0.9 mrem) to 97 μSv (9. A median atmospheric dust loading of 0.7mrem) for incidental ingestion. In the deposition experiment.45 mSv(45 mrem) for inhalation and from 19 μSv (1. one for the metal and one for the scale. Worker annual external dose from the pipe racks ranged from 0 to 0.industry-representative data as possible. for example steel from piping.5 ± 0. the vast majority of which was in the downwind direction. HANDLING OF SCALE – A NEW APPROACH Based on the experience from waste treatment for the nuclear industry and with the same approach. The 226 Ra specific activity of the pipe scale ranged from 33. The procedure is divided into two parts. Depending on the regulations and legislation the handling of the occurring TENORM material are very different from site to site. There is also the intent of the method to meet environmental demands as they are agreed upon today and also to meet demands that might be more restrictive in the future.11 mSv (11 mrem) to 0. after treatment which no longer are classified as radioactive shall be recycled. In the oil and gas industry today there are radioactive material identified on several of the large oilfields [5-8 and references therein]. Discalced and scrapped piping can be melted in order to simplify the clearance procedure if the authorities or the industry demand it. The aim was to minimize the final waste volume and to produce a waste.250 d per year on average.4 to 65. The respirable fraction was observed to be about 42% to 46%. development of a method for treatment of radioactive material from the oil and gas industry was started. The annual external dose from dispersed material was estimated to be 2. The scale is treated in a separate procedure in which the radioactive components are separated from the non-radioactive components.13 mg m-3 was measured in the operator breathing zone. as in a final storage. The aim is supported by the intention that the majority of other materials.8 mSv (280 mrem) for the operator and 4. which will not chemically or biologically degrade over long time and maybe produce chelates. Based on cleaning 20 pipes per day. This means that the amount of radioactive waste that need handling and disposal is . more than 99% by weight of the deposited scale fell within 2 m of the machine centerline. or being contained in a non-solid matrix. annual committed effective doses for the operator and helper ranged from 0.7 Bq g-1.1 mSv (410 mrem) for the helper. The dose from this deposited material dominated the worker dose estimates.28 mSv (28 mrem). depending on the formation.
and therefore also the costs. This method can be used for TENORM contaminated material as well. A pig is a device inserted into a pipeline which .5 tonnes of steel. developed a method for decontamination of steel from uranium during the melt process. During the construction of the line. The induction homogenizes the melt and one sample is representing the whole batch. maintenance must be done and pigging is one such maintenance tool. They can work in conjunction with chemicals to clean pipeline from various build-ups. 3. PIGGING WASTE What is the purpose of pigging? In order to protect these valuable investments. not biodegradable or contains any chelates. Studsvik Rad Waste has a permit to store material for 20 years awaiting decay of the radioactivity. which is essential for the repository. especially if the repository is in contact with water. This makes proving the activity content for clearance of the metal very easy. At Studsvik all scrapped metal are melted in one of the induction furnaces. Pigs (or more specifically) plugs can be used to isolate the pipeline during a repair. pigs can be used to remove liquid hold-up in the line. I. Testing the pipeline involves hydro-testing and pigs are used to fill the line with water and subsequently to dewater the line after the successful test. Since uranium cannot be stored for decay and since there are metals contaminated with uranium that can be re-used Studsvik RadWaste AB has. Melting of these materials in an induction furnace has the advantage that any radioactivity left in the metal is homogeneously distributed. During operation. H METALS SCRAPS Treating low-level scrap metals from the nuclear industry. clean wax off the pipe wall or apply corrosion inhibitors for example. With these experiences a handling and clearance of material from the oil and gas industry can be done according to regulations. in the last few years. Inspection pigs are used to assess the remaining wall thickness and extent of corrosion in the line. The process is yet in its development stage but so far a volume reduction factor of at least 20 is reasonable.minimised. pigs can be used to remove debris that accumulates. thus providing timely information for the operator regarding the safety and operability of the line. How this material will be released from regulatory control is under implementation in many countries today and the outcome is to be seen. The aim for the treatment is to release the metals from regulatory control and to recycle the metals outside the nuclear industry. The procedure also ensures that the waste is dry. This means that the amount of waste after treatment is only 5 % of the original volume.
The differences between offshore and onshore pipelines and their intelligent pigging procedures. (b) Inline inspection pigs which are used to provide information on the condition of the pipeline and the extent and location of any problem (such as corrosion for example) and (c) special duty pigs such as plugs for isolating pipeline. the correct pig type is chosen for the task but then the pipeline design and operating conditions will affect the actual design of the pig. Flow rates of products both onshore and offshore are the same dependant upon the type of pipeline or its position with regard to transporting product either between offshore platforms or from platform to shore. separating products in-line or dewatering the line. chemicals. The wire brush encircles the shaft and scours the interior of the pipeline. particularly the deepwater pipelines offshore Angola. Pigging systems are already installed in industries handling products as diverse as lubricating oils. Changes in internal line diameter will influence the design effort required for the pig. Offshore pipelines can have greater operating pressures. Maximum operating pressures onshore can be 100barg but offshore can be 300barg. A cleaning pig for a 6-inch oil pipeline. In summary. Brazil or Gulf of Mexico. The pig must be long enough to span features such as wyes and tees yet must be short enough to negotiate bends. cosmetics and . toiletries. Offshore pipelines are of thicker wall than onshore-sometimes up to 35mm thick.travels freely through it. driven by the product flow to do a specific task within the pipeline. blending. paints. Pigging can be used for almost any section of the transfer process between. The pipeline layout and features will dictate the geometry of the pig largely. for example. storage or filling systems. These tasks fall into a number of different areas: (a) Utility pigs which perform a function such as cleaning.
until the product is on-specification. is considerably shortened. This cleaning agent then had to be subjected to effluent treatment or solvent recovery. PIGGING IN PRODUCTION ENVIRONMENTS A major advantage of piggable systems is the potential resulting product savings. ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES Pigging has a significant role to play in reducing the environmental impact of batch operations. Product sampling at the receipt point becomes faster because the interface between products is very clear. e. or backwards to the source tank. Traditionally.foodstuffs. but sometimes it is done in the midst of a batch. If product was used to clear the line. Usually pigging is done at the beginning and at the end of each batch. There is no requirement for extensive line flushing. . sounding to some like a pig squealing. (Disputed: 'PIG' is an acronym or backronym derived from the initial letters of the term 'Pipeline Inspection Gauge. it is possible to clear out the entire line contents with the pig. the contaminated finished product was downgraded or dumped. either forwards towards the receipt point. which gave pigs the name. pigging offers the additional advantage of a much more rapid and reliable product changeover. and to empty the pipes into the product tanks (or sometimes to send a component back to its tank). Without the need for line flushing. They made a squealing noise while traveling through the pipe. At the end of each product transfer. Pigs are used in lube oil or painting blending: they are used to clean the pipes to avoid cross-contamination. All of these problems can now be eliminated due to the very precise interface produced by modern pigging systems.'). and the old method of checking at intervals.g. when producing a premix that will be used as an intermediate component. the only way that an operator of a batch process could ensure a product was completely cleared from a line was to flush the line with a cleaning agent such as water or a solvent or even the next product. ETYMOLOGY: The original pigs were made from straw wrapped in wire used for cleaning.
. the pig is removed from the pipeline via the receiver at the end of each run. 2. some systems can be adapted in the gas inlet in order to ensure pig's constant speed. 3. Physical separation between different liquids being transported in pipelines. foreign objects. as many pigs are rented. as blockages in the pipeline may require the pigs to be pushed back to the launcher. which must be removed from the pipeline. and cleaning pigs push contaminants from the pipeline such as wax. When the product is sour. If the barrel is not completely depressured. Inspection of the condition of pipeline walls (also known as an Inline Inspection (ILI) tool). which is pressured up to launch the pig into the pipeline through a kicker line. the barrel should be evacuated to a flare system where the sour gas is burnt. systems are designed to pig the pipeline in either direction. Operators should be wearing a self-contained breathing apparatus when working on sour systems. whatever the pressure drop is. hydrates. A pig on display in a section of cutaway pipe. Pipeline inspection gauge or "PIG" in the pipeline industry is a tool that is sent down a pipeline and propelled by the pressure of the product in the pipeline itself. All systems must allow for the receipt of pigs at the launcher. There are inherent risks in opening the barrel to atmosphere and care must be taken to ensure that the barrel is depressured prior to opening. In some cases. pigs wear and must be replaced. if pushed by gas. Internal cleaning of pipelines. There are four main uses for pigs: 1. The pig is pushed either with an inert gas or a liquid. etc. the pig can be ejected from the barrel and operators have been severely injured when standing in front of an open pig door.SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS Pigging systems are designed so that the pig is loaded into the launcher. from the Alaska Pipeline. The pigs must be removed. Most of the time. .
these emissions are equivalent to the CO2 emissions of 4 million cars or of 2 million European households. tar sands. J. Others are plain plastic covered polyurethane. Capturing and recording geometric information relating to pipelines (e. rich. Nigeria is the largest gas flarer in the world. size. Intelligent pigs may also use calipers to measure the inside geometry of the pipeline. position). in the Niger Delta alone.4. conventional crude). One kind of pig is a soft. Some have tungsten studs or abrasive wire mesh on the outside to cut rust. gas-to-oil ratio. type of feedstock (e. .g. Gas flaring also causes health problems such as leukemia and asthma. According to Friends of the Earth Netherlands. are used to inspect the pipeline with sensors and record the data for later analysis. There are several types of pigs for cleaning. also called smart pigs. scale.g. reservoir depth. AIR EMISSON The effects of the Nigerian oil industry on global climate change should also raise great concern. The acid rain caused by flaring also negatively affects food production. bullet shaped polyurethane foam plug that is forced through pipelines to separate products to reduce mixing. A sizing pig uses one (or more) notched round metal plates that are used as gauges. CRUDE OIL EXTRACTION GHG emissions in the extraction phase are determined by the interactions of eight main parameters:age of oil field. Wasteful gas flaring . viscosity. Intelligent pigs. and industrialized countries. More complex systems exist for inspecting various aspects of the pipeline. The notches allow different parts of the plate to bend when a bore restriction is encountered.the burning of the gas released during oil production – results in enormous levels of greenhouse gas emissions every year. Nigeria’s flaring is sometimes described as "environmental racism" since this outdated. These pigs use technologies such as MFL and ultrasonics to inspect the pipeline. Inline inspection pigs use various methods for inspecting a pipeline. or paraffin deposits off the inside of the pipe. American Petroleum Institute (API) gravity (a measure of how “light” or “heavy” a crude is relative to water).. pressure. harmful and wasteful practice has already been terminated decades ago in Northern. and development type [onshore.
TEOR requires more energy than any other conventional form of offshore or onshore crude oil extraction. and refine. Heavier crude oils (low API gravity) require more energy to extract. exported. A high GOR can also correspond to production of substantial amounts of oil condensates. If it is flared and vented. If the initial reservoir pressure is high.offshore. Tar sands and conventional oil require completely different extraction technologies. FLARING AND VENTING: Flaring and venting are an important source of GHG emissions from oil fields. In addition. With a decrease in depth. which can be used for meeting energy needs in extraction. Note as the age of an oil field influences GHG emissions because as fields mature. energyintensive techniques such as water or gas injection must then be used to extend production levels. captured and sold as product. differences exist between surface mining and in situ methods such as SAGD. oil production declines. Crude oils with higher viscosity require more energy for pumping. For example. surface mining. surface mining.] determines the infrastructure required. Different amounts of energy are required to extract and upgrade crude oil from different types of feedstock. resulting in different GHG emissions. etc. When crude oil is extracted. oil production declines. thermally enhanced oil recovery (TEOR). Reservoir depth and pressure also affect energy use in extraction. Higher values of GOR lead to higher production of natural gas. the type of oil field development [onshore/offshore. energy intensive techniques such as water or gas injection must then be used to extend production levels. friction losses increase in the drill pipe. and/or flared and vented. the energy required for maintaining the pressure will also be high. Differences in infrastructure also influence energy requirements affecting GHG emissions during extraction of crude oil. Among tar sands. This study does not consider coal-to-liquid and gas-to-liquid methods or oil shale. Flaring refers to disposal of associated gas produced during extraction through burning. Venting . gas dissolved in crude oil is released. steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD)]. As fields mature. or flared and vented. resulting in increased GHG emissions. The ratio of the volume of gas in solution to the volume of crude oil at standard conditions is the gas-to-oil ratio (GOR). transport. Maintenance techniques such as water injection are required to maintain the initial pressure. The gas produced can be used in extraction for meeting onsite energy needs. These pumping or compression techniques involve pumping fluids back into the reservoir to extract crude oil. it can substantially increase life-cycle GHG emissions. The age of an oil field influences GHG emissions because as fields mature. the initial pressures tend to decline in the absence of intervention.
refers to intentional releases of gas and the release of uncombusted gas in flaring (the combustion efficiency of flaring is not 100%. sulfur content. and the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (OGP). Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). from valves and mechanical seals. TRANSPORT GHG emissions from crude oil transport to a refinery are a function of distance. API gravity. the volume of gas flared is derived from GOR. 2003) for equipment fittings such as seals. Unnasch. Emission factors for a given mode of transport were taken from GREET (Wang. The usual practice is to base such measurements on emission factors suggested by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP).. In general.] were also used. the U. uncertainties exist with regard to the volumes of gas. One can be reasonably confident about which oil fields are flaring and which are not from satellite data and the lack or presence of infrastructure. to estimate GHG emissions. In this study. FUGITIVE EMISSIONS: Fugitive emissions represent unintentional or uncontrollable releases of gas—for example. n. In this study. The relationship between API . It is difficult to measure fugitive emissions. However. valves. fugitive emissions were determined on the basis of CAPP emission factors (CAPP. The use of such emission factors can result in significant errors. so some methane is left in the exhaust gas).S. and Moretta (2009). and mode of transport. and flanges. World Bank. and the quantity of gas exported. In general. from NOAA) and country-level emission factors [Global Gas Flaring Reduction (GGFR). The alternative is to use leak detection methods. gas specifications are important in determining GHG emissions from flaring. REFINING GHG emissions from refining are a function of API gravity. Besides the volume of gas flared. and optical methods such as tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy and laser-induced fluorescence. such as acoustic sensors and hyperspectral imaging. The costs of monitoring and verification using these techniques can be high. and type of refinery.g. gas with higher energy content per unit volume produces more GHG emissions when flared. we applied the relationship devised by Keesom. Distances between oil fields and refineries were determined using Port World. energy use in the field. In this study. heavy crudes (low API gravity) require more energy to process than light crudes. API data were taken from PennWell. 2010).d. calibrated to European refineries. Satellite data (e.
sands. and where they are. paraffin’s and pigging wastes generated in gathering lines and finds that the primary environmental consideration when managing these types of waste by maximizing hydrocarbons recovery. this study assumes that crude oils are refined in a notional refinery where GHG emissions are determined entirely by API gravity. Flare efficiency may also be subject to factors beyond the control of oil companies. Varying other parameters resulted in changes of less than 10%. such as flaring and fugitive emissions. Emissions from high-intensity fields that flare are inevitably sensitive to the parameters that determine flaring emissions. For example. To test the robustness of the results. As a simplification. are not fully monitored by oil companies. these wastes should be managed in tank or lined pits or in lined diked piles properly to protect vegetations and surface waters.gravity and energy consumption is not linear for API gravities above 45. reclamation and /or disposal. which can affect human health and environment. hydrocarbons and other solids so before disposed on . Tank bottoms can contain hydrocarbons. GHG emissions also vary from one refinery type to another depending on the level of complexity and type of refined products produced. the data may not be publicly available. medium-. the measurement tools currently available are subject to a degree of inaccuracy determined by the physical characteristics of the measurement system. such as production separators fluids treating vessels. TANK BOTTOMS AND HEAVY HYDROCARBONS Tank bottoms are defined by the API as basic sediment with water and other materials that collect in the bottom of treatment and storage vessels. when we used the Canadian model of a default flaring value instead of estimating flaring on the basis of data about the oil fields. Prior to recycling. and high-intensity fields). For instance. which can be utilized either on or off-site to facilitate hydrocarbons recovery. Tank bottoms contain heavy metals. the intensity of the high-intensity case was reduced by nearly 30%. K. Even where gas flaring and fugitive emissions are monitored. The API considers tankbottoms to be in the same category as pit sludge’s. such as local wind conditions. we undertook a sensitivity analysis in which key input parameters were varied for three typical cases (low-. some of the most important emissions sources. and production impoundments. The impact of sulfur content was not considered in this study. heavy metals. UNCERTAINTIES IN THE ASSESSMENT There are uncertainties involved in undertaking a carbon intensity assessment such as this. emulsions and other solids. There are a number of innovative reclamation processes.
the workover fluid is removed from the well before starting routine operation. Workover and completion wastes result from operations where an oil well’s head is partially open to the atmosphere and is filled with a water base fluid that maintains pressure on the formation to prevent blowout.off site. The tank bottoms sent to a refinery coker. Tanks designed to reduce the volume of produced tank bottoms (for example. L. or other components are undergoing maintenance. leach able heavy metals content and density and compared with the results of the road mix oil. • Have sources of solids been identified? If yes. There may be permits or other authorization required from state agencies before road-spreading practices are allowed or sell to road construction agencies. it should be checked for flash point. TREAMENT • • The volume of solids collected in storage tanks been minimized. coneshaped bases)? • • Gas blanket kept on tanks to reduce oxygen and formation of iron oxides. Installation of return line to run bottoms through heat-treaters more frequently than normal. Re-circulation pumps are added to product storage tanks to reduce the settling of heavy hydrocarbons on tank bottoms. Workover fluid is injected into such a well while the well’s interior tubing string. valves. have engineering or operations solutions been attempted? • • • • • If oil is reclaimed onsite or sent to reputable reclaimer. packer gaskets. WORKOVER AND COMPLETION WASTES. When maintenance is complete. Centrifuge or filter press used to recover oil and water form tank bottoms. Are light oil tank bottoms treated in heavy oil dehydration facilities. Completion fluids are typically used in a well when the well casing is .
filtration. and fuel use. Unused solvent intended for disposal is considered a waste. precision bearings need very high purity solvents for cleaning. FILTRATION Filters can be used to remove solids from many solvents thus extending solvent life. fractional distillation. after several uses the base fluid can no longer be brought back to specification. For on-site recycling. The solvent acquires very little contamination in usage and can be downgraded or used for less demanding cleaning operations. many different separation technologies are available. 1986). The simplest form of solvent reuse is termed “downgrading. In vapor degreasing and cold cleaning. Standard practice for handling workover and completion wastes calls for separating the oil from the fluid and recycling both the oil and the fluid by filtering and adding more solute to make up for dilution by formation brine.” which is the use of a solvent that has become contaminated through initial use for a second cleaning process. Eventually the solvent becomes too contaminated for further use and it must be reclaimed or disposed of via incineration. such as hydrogen sulfide scavengers. GRAVITY SEPARATION The use of settling to separate solids and water from solvent often permits the reuse of solvent. One technique to minimize excess fluid production is to use a continuous mix process. More effort is required to recycle solvent that has become heavily contaminated and the possibilities for both on-site and off-site recycling or reclamation need to be explored. producing only enough fluid to fill a well.perforated just before starting production. Selection of fluid components that simplify this process. rather than a batch. TREATMENT ON-SITE RECYCLING: On-site recycling is economical when approximately 8 gallons of solvent waste is generated per day (Schwartz. Although the oil can easily be recycled. For example. Commonly used separation technologies for contaminated solvents include gravity separation. USED OR SPENT SOLVENTS: Solvents are used in tasks such as cleaning. degreasing. M. Unreclaimable fluid is presently disposed of through subsurface injection. and painting. bath distillation. paint thinners may be reused many times if solids are allowed to settle out. For example. but better ways to recycle these fluids are currently being investigated by industry researchers. evaporation. . should encourage its use. Both fluids become contaminated with oil and formation brine. the soil removed accumulates in the equipment.
The Untold Story. EVAPORATION Evaporation can be employed for solvent recovery from viscous liquids. This is often done by employing proper boil-down procedures. or still bottoms resulting from distillation. a drum dryer. employs two heated counter-rotating drums through which the liquid feed must pass. decanting the water. Detailed discussion of these procedures is available from major solvent suppliers. several off-site recycling schemes are available. and then drying the remaining solvent with a molecular sieve. or other desiccant. OFF-SITE RECYCLING If recycling of waste solvent on site is impractical. While both systems can handle viscous wastes. Scraped or wiped-film evaporators utilize revolving blades which spread the liquid against a heated metal surface. The vapors are recovered by means of a condenser. Solids or high boiling residues (>4000F) remain in the still as a residue. In many applications. MOBILE SOLVENT DEGREASING UNITS . This can often be accomplished by distilling off the solvent-water azeotrope. segregating non-chlorinated from chlorinated solvents resulted in 15 to 20 percent greater yields (Waste Reduction . Heat is supplied by a reboiler located at the bottom of the column while heat is removed at the top of the column by a condenser. Solvent stills range in size from 5 gallon to 500 gallon capacity. the drum dryer is more tolerant of polymerizable contaminants. Another type of system. Fractional distillation allows for separation of multicomponent mixtures or mixtures of solvent and oils with very similar boiling points. 2985). A vapor degreaser can be used as a batch still for recycling solvent. IBM Corporation reported that segregation may also-increase recycling efficiency. FRACTIONAL DISTILLATION Fractional distillation is carried out in a refluxed column equipped with either trays or packing. it is necessary to keep the water content of the recovered solvent to less than 100 ppm. The water removed in this operation must then be either treated or drummed for disposal. RECYCLING SOLVENTS EFFICIENTLY Segregating solvent wastes is usually an essential step prior to recycling. sludges.BATCH DISTILLATION A batch still vaporizes the used solvent and condenses the overhead vapors in a separate vessel.
Safety Kleen periodically replaces the spent solvent with fresh solvent. At present. the most common wastes listed are solvents and metal wastes. and recycles the spent solvent at a separate facility. other inorganic chemicals. WASTE EXCHANGE AND BROKERAGE This is not a technology but an information service. Below you will find resources to help owners and operators properly manage their used oil and filters. A waste exchange can match a generator of waste with a facility that can use the waste as a raw material. organics and solvents. WASTE EXCHANGES Waste exchanges generally exchange some 20 to 30 percent of the wastes they list (Banning. as one system. A waste generator is matched with a potential waste user who can utilize the waste as a feedstock. the vapors escape into the atmosphere and can get into people’s lungs when they breathe and also be deposited on their skin. used oil from one oil change can contaminate 1 million gallons of fresh water . Used Oil and Filters: Used Oil if managed improperly can potentially contaminate drinking water. and metals and metal sludges. Safety Kleen provides a batch-tolling service for degreasing solvents. Toll recyclers: Toll recyclers offer services to generators by supplying solvent wash equipment and solvent and waste recycling services. including solvents. Fueling: While gasoline offers a great advantage to us by powering our cars and buses. ethyl benzene. Matching generators and users is based on the knowledge of raw material inputs and wastes and product outputs of individual industries and firms. Certain chemicals called volatile organic compounds (such as benzene) . Commercial waste brokerage services are also available. The solvent wash equipment is maintained by these companies and the solvent is replaced periodically.Automobile repair shops in California can lease fully-contained degreasing systems from Safety Kleen Inc. it leases its mobile units. but there are four that are toxic to humans – benzene. 1984). used oil may be considered hazardous waste depending on how it is disposed of or mixed with other wastes. In fact. When people pump gasoline into their cars. and xylene. Other wastes listed include acids. Costs for these services range from 50-90% of new solvent cost.a years' supply for 50 people! Moreover. Gasoline is composed of over 200 different chemicals. toluene. it has some drawbacks too. The used solvent is recycled at an off-site facility. Gasoline also evaporates very quickly and pollutes the atmosphere. 1983. alkalis.
as it represents a large. A spark can ignite gasoline vapors. in addition to the frac sand/proppant discussed above. the beads settle out. As mentioned previously. thus increasing subsurface oil flow to the wells. Exploration noted that BP considered constructing an oily waste facility that would have separated the recyclable solids from the oil. including the installation of vapor recovery systems which is required for certain areas or gas stations with high monthly throughput under the Clean Air Act. As with drill cuttings. Bottom wastes: Tank bottom wastes are a type of sediment that accumulates in oil field vessels and pipelines when fluid turbulence is low. but the company cancelled the project because the viewed as prohibitive. along with formation sand. bottom waste has been put into lined oily waste pits either for permanent burial or for temporary storage until it can be treated to remove hydrocarbons. This waste stream was strongly suggested by roundtable participants as a subject for future research. determining acceptable levels of trace . making recycling less feasible economically. Proppants/frac sand: Proppants (also called “frac sand”) refers to the aluminum silicate beads of varying sizes injected into wells to hold formation fractures open. Finally. BP designed a plant using solvent extraction to recover salable crude oil from bottom wastes. This proppant/frac sand now goes into lined landfills in South Alaska. Partially cleaned solids might be safely recycled by incorporating them into Portland cement or other materials for oil field applications. A spill of one gallon of gasoline can render one million gallons of water undrinkable. Below you will find resources to help owners and operators manage their fueling operations in such a way as to miminize its harmful effects. paraffin. but it has been suggested that the material could be sold as construction fill if it could be separated from the crude oil. reservoir material. Moreover. When these materials are transported back to facilities with crude oil from the wells. and slightly radioactive material (called NORM--“naturally occurring radioactive material”). potentially toxic waste stream which is not recycled. Roundtable participants also raised concern that less of this proppant/frac sand will likely be produced in the future. spills of gasoline can contaminate our drinking water supplies. to form a semi-solid sludge in the bottoms of vessels. gasoline is flammable. asphaltics. plus a recyclable solid for construction purposes. drilling mud. Janet Platt of BP.react with sunlight and form smog in urban areas. Historically. These dense sludges are composed of crude oil. usually by thermal processes.
DRUMS AND CONTAINERS: Drums and containers are required for delivery and storage of chemicals and materials used in all areas of operations. cable. etc. Scrap metal Sheet metal. SANDBLAST MEDIA: Sandblasting is typically used to prepare equipment for painting and to remove scale from equipment. Paint thinners. PAINT AND PAINT WASTES: Painting is generally required for maintenance of equipment. valves. piping. It was mentioned in the course of the roundtable discussion that waste dehydration polyols and glycols sometimes emit traces of benzene. unfortunately. Identifying an inhibitor chemical or process of benzene formation in these processes was suggested as a worthwhile research objective. Scrap metal may contain naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM). tubing. The evolution of hydrogen sulfide is currently inhibited by using powerful biocides like acrolein and formaldehyde. The best way to avoid spills of these materials might be to institute a research and development project find an effective. remnants of welding operations. empty drums/containers. crushed drums. USED OIL AND USED OIL FILTERS: Engines and other machinery in all areas of operations require lubricating oil and oil filters. is emitted by sulfate-reducing bacteria growing in subsurface formations and oil field surface equipment.. cut drill line. wire. tanks.contaminants and methods of reducing analytical costs might also prove fruitful topics for research. biocide to use in their place. perhaps by using alternative dehydrating agents. but less toxic. Hydrogen sulfide (H2S). might also be worthwhile. these biocides are highly toxic and dangerous materials. A general study of how to reduce or inhibit contamination of triethylene glycol (TEG) and methyl ethyl glycol (MEG) streams. vehicle/equipment parts . SCRAP METAL: Scrap metal consists of damaged tubular or other equipment. drilling locations). pump housings.g. PESTICIDES AND HERBICIDES: These chemicals are used to control insects and vegetation at various locations (e. a corrosive gas more toxic than hydrogen cyanide. and unused paint are generated wastes. solvents. fittings. Dehydration and sweetening wastes: Polyols and glycols are used in the oil and gas industry as antifreeze and to remove traces of water from natural gas streams in the production of fuel gas. VACUUM TRUCK RINSATE: Vacuum trucks recover waste liquids generated by various operations.
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