Location – Louisiana USA
Type of Contract – Catalyst Recycling/ Pilot to Contract
The R&R team was tasked to build a catalyst recycling facility for Motiva Enterprises. Motiva is a joint venture company owned 50/50 by Shell and Aramco. The facility was needed to reduce their hazardous and dangerous waste production from the refineries and to reduce spending.
The R&R team worked with Engineers from Motiva for a year to establish a viable facility. R&R then designed & engineered the facility and overlooked with a partner company the construction of the facility. The pilot was intended to remove all oil a potion of the carbon and a portion of the sulfur. Once the recyclables were removed the facility then deactivated the metals bearing out feed. With the catalyst deactivated the material was then legal to ship to any world location for extraction of metals.
The pilot facility was a success and R&R sold the use of the US patent to a Houston Based company for a royalty package and service contract. The International patent was licensed to Oilstone Technologies.
- The facility will eliminate mining of 3.2 million pounds of Vanadium and 2.7 million pounds of Molybdenum per year
- Motiva and Shell will eliminate 56 million pounds of waste.
- Motiva and Shell will eliminate 11 million tons of carbon emissions (CO2) by reclaiming oil from catalyst versus combusting the oil.
- This process will be permitted as a Secondary Manufacturing Operation, and as such the feed stock will never be classified or considered a waste.
Location – Australia Multiple Locations
Type of Contract – Engineering, Design, Erection, Training Thermal Remediation & Environmental clean up
Kurnell Sydney Australia
Treatment of approximately 3,200 m3 of PCB Impacted Soils using a mobile direct-fired thermal desorption plant that thermally treats contaminated soils at approximately 4 tons per hour. A pugmill was also utilized to immobilize 2,000 tons of PAH / TPH Impacted Soils which were then disposed of to landfill.
Obtained approvals from the NSW DECC to under the POEO and EHC Acts to undertake the thermal treatment of the PCB contaminated soils on this site. PAH/TPH contaminated soils were processed in accordance with a Specific Immobilization approval from the NSW DECC. Project Work was undertaken in accordance with the Remedial Action Plan prepared by JBS Environmental.
The thermal process was subject to rigorous Proof of Performance emissions and soil testing
Albert Park Australia
The scope of work included the demolition of slabs, footings, services and excavation of ‘base-works’ contamination. Mobilization of batch thermal desorption equipment for the treatment of category A PAH contaminated soil.
Location – Kazakhstan
Type of Contract – Tar sand Remediation
The R&R team was hired by Nations Energy to assist in a plan to clean up several octagons of historical waste and at the same time control the waste created on a daily basis. The R&R team was tasked with creating a thermal unit that could handle the Tar Sands created in the Karazhanbas Oil and Gas Field in Mangistau Oblast. The R&R team worked directly with Nations Energy and its engineers to find not only a remediation strategy but also an evacuation strategy for the materials.
The tar sands in Kazakhstan are some of the worst in the world; they could almost be compared to tar. The sands also have very valuable materials that could be recycled; this included both oils and base metals such as Vanadium.
Army Corps of Engineers
Location – Umiat Alaska
Type of Contract – Drill Cuttings – Contaminated Soil
Umiat, Alaska lies adjacent to the Colville River approximately 140 miles southwest of Deadhorse, Alaska in the Arctic. The U.S. Navy Seabees drilled the first oil well at Umiat for the former Naval Petroleum Reserve in 1944, and the site later became a U.S. Air Force Station. Umiat is now a commercial hunting lodge.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers subcontracted with members of the R&R team to remediate approximately 30,000 tons of contaminated drilling mud and contaminated soil generated from former test wells. The team was also subcontracted to construct a Category C Treatment Facility, excavate, stockpile, thermally treat soils contaminated with hydrocarbons, DDT and heavy metals, and collect and treat contaminated wastewater and runoff from the site. Umiat is an extremely remote site not served by road or rail, and has one of the coldest climates of any location in Alaska. The team mobilized over 1,000 tons of heavy equipment and supplies via chartered freight planes and overland by rolligons over frozen tundra in temperatures as low as -100 degrees Fahrenheit.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Location – Cold Bay, Alaska
Type of Contract – High Hydrocarbon Long C Chain Remediation
Cold Bay is a remote community, located at the western end of the Alaskan Peninsula. During World War II, Cold Bay served both as a naval base and an airfield. Seated on the north west shore of it’s name sake, Cold Bay, the site was abandoned in 1950, leaving behind structures, pipelines, tank farms, and other support facilities. The site included multiple fuel storage tank locations, a drum disposal area, and ancillary sources. Contaminants of concern included fuels, solvents and pesticides. Under the Total Environmental Restoration Contract (TERC) with the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers, Ahtna Government Services Corporation subcontracted the team to thermally remediate contaminated soils on this site. Due to the remote location, fuels and electrical power for all associated equipment had to be established on site, and over 160 tons of additional thermal treatment equipment was transported to the site on coastal barges.
The team provided all labor, materials and supplies to treat petroleum Impacted soils using an onsite thermal remediation plant, where the contaminated soils were prescreened and thermally treated. Dust control, run-on and run-off prevention measures were implemented site-wide. After successful treatment, clean soils were stockpiled locally. Stockpiled soils were then sampled at regular intervals, verified and the site was evenly graded.
Location – Bonny Island, Nigeria
Type of Contract – Multiple Hydro-Carbon Waste – PCB’s
The R&R team provided technical oversight, management, training, and treatment train design, installation, operation and maintenance for a treatment process used to remove TPH, PCBs and solvents from soil and sludge at Shell bulk storage terminal on Bonny Island, Nigeria. The thermal unit in Nigeria successfully treated over 250,000 tons of tank bottom sludge, cuttings and lagoon waste during the project.
Over a 2 ¼ year period, the R&R team processed 35 tons/hour of waste material through the treatment train. Special modifications were made in the field to accommodate PCBs and solvents, which were discovered in the process materials. The project was the first of its kind in Nigeria.