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Bioremediation of Oil Contaminated Sands


Bioremediation technology for cleanup of mineral sands contaminated by petroleum hydrocarbons has been developed by using indigenous hydrocarbon degrading bacteria and ecologically safe easily degrade synthetic surface-active preparations (surfactants). The special fields and terms are required regarding the initial content of hydrocarbons and might last to 6 months as a maximum.

Innovative Aspect and Main Advantages

This technology allows cleaning up of petroleum contaminated sand which can be used for transformation and extraction of mineral components.

  • Indigenous native hydrocarbon degrading bacteria are used;
  • Synthetic easily degrade chemicals are used as a surfactants that produced on a commercial scale;
  • Low cost and highly efficiency are a big plus;
  • It is also a solution for a very important ecological problem which is cleanup of oil contaminated matters.

Areas of Application

Proposed technology can be used for cleaning up of different matters of natural origins such as native sands and synthetic materials.

Fig. 1 The field of cleaning up petroleum contaminated sands (frontal view).

Stage of Development

Pilot experiments have been successful on the field of 200 hectares, verifying the theories.

Contact Details

Institute of Microbiology
Contact person: Elmira Akhundova
Address: 40 Patamdar rd AZ1073, Baku, Azerbaijan
Tel: (+994 12) 439 2359
Fax: (+994 12) 510 0470
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