SOLIDIFICATION/STABILIZATION OF AN OIL
TANK BOTTOM RECOVERY LAGOON
CLIENT: SANTA FE ENERGY COMPANY (TEXACO)
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT PROPERTY
In efforts to comply with state guideline to close all open pit oil impoundments, Santa Fe Energy solicited the assistance of Soli-Bond, Inc. to develop an in-situ closure plan for a 40 year old, 180,000 barrel oil tank bottom recovery lagoon.
After extensive treatability studies and, cost analysis. The client in conjunction with the Bureau of Land Management to close the lagoons in-situ. Soli-Bond, Inc. was contracted to provide their patented solidification/stabilization process.
The Soli-Bond, Inc approach was as follows:
- Determine through probing and measurements the actual size and depth of the oily waste.
- Perform a treatability study to formulate a treatment recipe
- Determine the maximum achievable psi unconfirmed compressive strength ratings (50 psi) for the final mix design
- Determine the most cost effective mechanical means to implement the treatment recipe
- Determine the appropriate cap structure to achieve the desired final end-use for the area
- Continued testing and monitoring throughout the solidification/stabilization process to assure the desired psi unconfirmed compressive strength ratings are achieved.
Soli-Bond, Inc. determined that conventional earth moving equipment (i.e. excavator, dozer, and front-end loaders) were best suited to execute the Soli-Bond formulated treatment recipe.
The complete solidification/stabilization of the 180,000 barrels of oily waste was implemented to the required specifications as projected. The entire project was accomplished over thirty three days. The Bureau of Land Management approved the end-use of the site.