Microbes for hydrocarbon & phenol removal

Degradation technology for refining and heavy industries’ wastewater

Microbes for hydrocarbon & phenol removal

Enhance hydrocarbon and phenol degradation

Phenols are common pollutants in refining and petrochemical wastewater. Sour waters and spent caustics generated by cracking processes are one key source of phenols. Another is sour-water stripper and desalter operations. Hydrocarbons – organic compounds of hydrogen and carbon – are also very common in refining and petrochemical wastewater. Excess hydrocarbons and phenols can create serious problems in your treatment processes. That's because they damage the health of your system's microbial community. The result is a higher risk of issues ranging from biomass toxicity to filamentous outbreaks. That's makes effective removal of hydrocarbon and phenols essential to the efficiency of your plant.

Hydrocarbons can disrupt operations 

Hydrocarbons have high chemical oxygen demand (COD) and biological oxygen demand (BOD). They can also cause lower hydrocarbon degradation rates. At high concentrations, they can lead to excess oil and grease in final effluent and filamentous outbreaks that can be difficult to get rid of. They can also become entrained in the floc. This can cause settling problems and biomass toxicity and may lead to complications with effluent toxicity. For all these reasons, hydrocarbons need to be removed quickly. But in wastewater treatment, hydrocarbon degradation often happens slowly.

Phenols can impact treatment efficiency

Phenols can impact treatment efficiency

Phenols also cause a range of problems in wastewater plants. They're highly toxic to biological treatment systems and can severely inhibit microbial activity. If your plant's microbial community experiences high phenolic loading, it may not be able to flocculate enough. That can result in significant loss of solids. At high concentrations, phenols can lead to toxicity and floc disruption. The result is less efficient treatment, worse settling and a higher risk of effluent toxicity and permit violations.

Boost phenol and hydrocarbon degradation with bioaugmentation

Boost phenol and hydrocarbon degradation with bioaugmentation

Both phenols and hydrocarbons can be degraded, but only if the right microbes are present and functioning. So your plant's microbial community determines whether you get full, partial or no degradation. Bioaugmentation can help. By introducing microbes that target and degrade phenols and hydrocarbons, you can improve plant stability and effluent quality.

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Effectively degrades hard COD
Removes surfactants
Removes hydrocarbon
Removes phenol
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BioRemove™ HC
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Effectively degrades hard COD
Removes surfactants
Removes hydrocarbon
Removes phenol
BioRemove™ Phenol
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Effectively degrades hard COD
Removes surfactants
Removes hydrocarbon
Removes phenol
Effectively degrades hard COD
Removes surfactants
Removes hydrocarbon
Removes phenol

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What could this mean for your business?

What could this mean for your business?

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