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Soil remediation technique for in situ cleaning of soils contaminated with heavy hydrocarbons mixtures

Soil remediation technique for in situ cleaning of soils contaminated with heavy hydrocarbons mixtures

Objective

The proposed project focuses on heavy and heterogeneous soil formations contaminated with heavy hydrocarbons mixtures and intends to develop and provide to the soil remediation market the cost-effective and highly efficient soil remediation technique applied in-situ to remove historical oil contamination and accidentally or intentionally deposited oil. The proposed technique will be applicable to all types of oil (including crude and heavy oil) in different soil profiles and convenient to use in areas difficult to approach. This would be achieved by developing three separate elements based on different bioremediation solutions tailored to meet the specific needs of soil remediation practice and further combining them into integrated technique. The overall three-step treatment or selective treatment elements can be applied on a specific site in order to reach the environmental goals in the most cost-efficient way. The different options for remediation actions will be selected taking into account soils current use and approved future use. The consortium combines know how on ecological biotechnology, environmental research and research on soil and soil structures. Contract research will be performed by a Lithuanian, Spanish and Danish research institutions which provides a unique integration of know how on biologically active compounds, environmental and soil remediation technologies. Application of the SORBENT soil remediation technique will reduce both the clean up time and total costs by 25%. The soil contaminated by oil pollutants remediation market will have a value of over 0.93 billion EUR in 2011 for EU. More than 35% or about 0.33 billion EUR of this market will be covered by in situ techniques. Thus, development of the SORBENT technique has potential savings of over 0.08 billion EUR annually. Such savings could contribute to a reduction of some economic and social problems that are caused by the contamination.

Coordinator

UAB GROTA

Address

Eisiskiu Pl. 26
02184 Vilnius

Lithuania

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 371 570

Administrative Contact

Danguole Draguniene (Ms.)

Participants (8)

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HIMAL

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 141 805

CLEAN-BIOTEC SLL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 167 759

WILD BERRY ENVIRONMENTAL LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 200 367

DEKONTA, a.s.

Czechia

UAB BIOCENTRAS

Lithuania

EU Contribution

€ 2 500

L'UREDERRA, FUNDACION PARA EL DESARROLLO TECNOLOGICO Y SOCIAL

Spain

DANISH INNOVATION INSTITUTE A/S

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 183

OSAUHING EESTI INNOVATSIOONI INSTITUUT

Estonia

EU Contribution

€ 317

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 232533

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2009

  • End date

    31 August 2011

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 392 639,20

  • EU contribution

    € 884 501

Coordinated by:

UAB GROTA

Lithuania

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