Spills and leaks from domestic and commercial oil tanks are a very common occurrence, caused either by the refilling of tanks or as the result of leaks. Very often old metal tanks corrode and start leaking oil onto the ground around the tank. Also, the tanks themselves become covered in dried hydrocarbons and become significantly discoloured, even black. Spilt oil can seep into the ground, damaging the concrete or contaminating the soil around the tank., killing grass and plant life. If this leak is not dealt with, the contamination can seriously damage the concrete foundation of the tank, or seep down into the water table or into a neighbour’s property.
Any such contamination has to be treated as it will be considered an environmental hazard, or will complicate any potential sale of the property.
Nanobite Liquid is the European trade name for a bioremediation accelerator known as S-200 in the USA. It is used for the remediation of hydrocarbon spills or leaks. It is made from completely natural products – the base product being fish oil – is inert and non-toxic. Nanobite Liquid has proven to bioremediate almost 100% of hydrocarbon spills on solid ground is as little as 24 hours.
Within a couple of minutes of being sprayed on the contaminated soil, the hydrocarbon spill and the Nanobite Liquid start to bond and the liquid on the ground starts to turn a milky white. What has happened is that the hydrocarbon has been absorbed by or encapsulated inside the Nanobite Liquid – taken inside the matrix – and the process of breaking down the diesel has already started. It is important to keep the soil moist to allow optimum bioremediation conditions and to turn the soil after approximately one week.
Trapped inside the matrix with the hydrocarbons are microbes – microorganisms that exist in oxygen in the air – that will eat the oil The inside of the matrix is like a greenhouse, which helps the microbes to multiple at many times the normal rate, and therefore the process of breaking down the oil into its constituent parts – CO2 and H2O – will also happen at many times the normal rate. The matrix with the hydrocarbon inside will continue to work until all of the oil has been remediated.
Nanobite Liquid has proved to be a means of almost complete bioremediation, with success rates of up to 99.99%. The following case studies explain the background to the spills, the process for remediation and the laboratory test results illustrating the almost 100% remediation of the contaminated soil and concrete.
Case Study 1: Bioremediation of a Kerosene Spill 2011
When: November 2011
Where: Drogheda, Ireland
Result: 99.99% Remediation
Read the results/soil contamination report
Case Study 2: Bioremediation of a Kerosene Spill 2016
When: June 2016
Where: Drogheda, Ireland
Result: 99% Remediation
Read the results report
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