BIOSURFACTANT PRODUCTION AND USE IN OIL TANK CLEANUP

Ibrahim Banat, N Samarah, M Murad, R Horne, S Banerjee

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A proprietary bacterial strain (Pet 1006) produced biosurfactants when grown on both glucose and an immiscible hydrocarbon as carbon sources. Pilot-plant-scale (1500 I) production gave, on repeated batch runs, 2 tonnes of culture broth containing active biosurfactant. The product was used as a substitute for chemical surfactants in a clean-up demonstration test carried out by Cargo Fleet Chemical Company Ltd. (UK) on an oil storage tank belonging to Kuwait Oil Company, Kuwait. The clean-up was successful in removing the sludge from the tank bottom, and it also allowed the recovery of more than 90% of the hydrocarbon trapped in the sludge. The recovered hydrocarbon had excellent properties and could be sold after being blended with fresh crude.
LanguageEnglish
Pages80-88
JournalWorld Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
Volume7
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1991

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Surface active agents
Demonstrations
Recovery
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Banat, I., Samarah, N., Murad, M., Horne, R., & Banerjee, S. (1991). BIOSURFACTANT PRODUCTION AND USE IN OIL TANK CLEANUP. World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, 7(1), 80-88.
Banat, Ibrahim ; Samarah, N ; Murad, M ; Horne, R ; Banerjee, S. / BIOSURFACTANT PRODUCTION AND USE IN OIL TANK CLEANUP. In: World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology. 1991 ; Vol. 7, No. 1. pp. 80-88.
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Banat, I, Samarah, N, Murad, M, Horne, R & Banerjee, S 1991, 'BIOSURFACTANT PRODUCTION AND USE IN OIL TANK CLEANUP', World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 80-88.

BIOSURFACTANT PRODUCTION AND USE IN OIL TANK CLEANUP. / Banat, Ibrahim; Samarah, N; Murad, M; Horne, R; Banerjee, S.

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