Cleaning Up A Heating Oil Spill Using S-200 Oilgone®

Kerosene or heating oil spills are surprisingly common.

They occur for a variety of reasons. The main reasons are that old metal tanks rust and split, or a new tank is being installed and the heating oil in the bottom of the old tank is spilt during the transfer to the new tank. 

Kerosene leaks can range from a few litres to up to 1000 litres. Either way they make a mess, destroy grass, are a considerable fire hazard and leave a very strong smell.

Grass damaged by a spill of home heating oil. S-200 Oilgone can treat oil spill son grass

What is S-200 Oilgone® and How Does it Work?

S-200 OilGone® is an organic bioremediation accelerator used for the remediation of hydrocarbon spills and leaks. It is made from a basis of oleic acid, found in fish oil. It vastly accelerates the process through which hydrocarbons turn into carbon dioxide and water.

Used originally as part of the largest bioremediation project in history – the clean-up of 70km of Alaskan coastline after The Exxon Valdez spill – S-200 OilGone offers the ultimate cost-effective, natural solution to spills ranging from aviation fuel to oil sludge.

When sprayed onto the surface of the hydrocarbon, S-200 OilGone bonds immediately with the oil and renders it:

How To Treat a Small Kerosene Spill

Small spills can involve a spill onto a patio, into flower beds or onto grass and down drains. The beauty about using S-200 Oilgone is that it too is a liquid, and it can follow the fuel spill down cracks and into drains.

When hydrocarbons are exposed to the air, they start to turn acidic. It is this acidity that burns the grass, then burns the roots and finally kills nutrients in the soil. The images above show the impact on grass.

Generally with small spills, the kerosene stays close to the surface of the soil or grass, and is easily accessible.

Spraying the surface of the damaged grass or patio with S-200 Oilgone® will solve the issue.

Once sprayed onto the surface of the spill, S-200 Oilgone bonds immediately with the fuel, rendering it inert and non-combustible. It also removes the sheen and the smell.

The S-200 Oilgone® comparison table below illustrates how effective the product is at accelerating the bioremediation of the fuel.

S-200 Oilgone can reduce Total Petroleum Hydrocarbon (TPH) readings by  over 99%. Detailed case studies available on request.

How To Treat a Large Kerosene Spill

Large spills can be much more complex, in that the coverage of the spill and the damage can be much more extensive.

If the spill is on a patio or a hard surface then it is visible. Spraying the surface of the spill with S-200 Oilgone will immediately start the bioremediation process and render the fuel inert.

When fuel spills on soil or loose ground, it will sink into the ground. Depending on the consistency of the ground there may be a requirement to dig out the contaminated soil, and identify where the plume of the fuel has gone. The path of the fuel is visible because of the blue/green sheen and also the smell. 

To treat the excavate soil, lay it out on plastic on an adjacent site, to a depth of 10cm. Spray the surface of the soil thoroughly with S-200 Oilgone, and leave for a week. After a week, turn over the soil and re-spray the surface of the soil.

It is recommended to take some soil samples and have them analysed by a laboratory to determine the initial fuel content of the soil – Total Petroleum Hydrocarbon (TPH) readings. Additional readings should be taken after two to three weeks, to confirm the bioremediation of the fuel.

Once the TPH readings have fallen to a sufficiently low level, the soil can be put back into the ground, and replanted.

The S-200 Oilgone® comparison table below illustrates how effective the product is at accelerating the bioremediation of the fuel

S-200 Comparison Table

S-200 Oilgone® is available for sale by the litre bottle, in 10l, 20l and 1,000l containers.

Bulk discounts apply. For further information on this product to to discuss your spill, please contact Francis on or Mob: 00 353 87 6345087

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