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BIOSURFACTANT PRODUCTION AND USE IN OIL TANK CLEANUP

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Banat, Ibrahim, Samarah, N, Murad, M, Horne, R and Banerjee, S (1991) BIOSURFACTANT PRODUCTION AND USE IN OIL TANK CLEANUP. WORLD JOURNAL OF MICROBIOLOGY & BIOTECHNOLOGY, 7 (1). pp. 80-88. [Journal article]

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Abstract

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.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Biomedical Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Biomedical Sciences Research Institute
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute > Pharmaceutical Science and Practice
ID Code:4356
Deposited By:Professor Ibrahim Banat
Deposited On:07 Jan 2010 19:49
Last Modified:16 May 2012 14:33

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