Free Product Recovery System

Free Product Recovery System

C & M was retained by a major oil and gas company to develop and implement soil and groundwater remediation and recovery of free product. Soil and groundwater at the site had been impacted by mid-grade petroleum release of approximately 100,000 gallons from underground transfer lines between the tanks and loading rack. Petroleum-saturated soil, groundwater and free-floating petroleum product were present over a three-acre site.

Our team developed an approved plan for remediation of soil, groundwater and recovery of free product. The remediation plan was implemented in a phased staged approach with groundwater remediation commencing only after free product had been substantially removed from the subsurface. An automated LPH recovery system was pumping from five 12” diameter wells and pumps the recovered LPH through above-ground steel-welded piping into an oil/water separator and the back to an existing above-ground fuel storage tank where it can be recycled.

The free product recovery system was designed so that all safety features (automatic shut-off controls, shut-off valves, warning signals, etc.) of the system were fully integrated into the existing fail-safe equipment of the terminal. After two to four months of operations, approximately 12,000 gallons of free product have been recovered and recycled. Once free product was substantially completed, the groundwater recovery and treatment system was subsequently installed and activated. This system was designed, installed and activated (including all permits, construction plans, subcontractor coordination, equipment delivery and final As-Built plans) within six months of entering into contract with the client.

Client Name: A Major Oil Company (confidential)

Project: Design and Installation of Free Product Recovery System

Location: Bulk Petroleum Distribution Terminal Complex in Jacksonville, Florida, USA

Key Individuals: Lawrence M. Chukwu, P.G., LEED (Principal), Anthony Sander, P.G. (Project Manager), Rick Klopp, P.E. (Project Engineer)