Petroleum Technology in a Green Environment



Oily Water Treatment Technology


Seminar Title
Oily Water Treatment Technology

Seminar Date/Venue
September 16-20, 2006 / Bateen Meeting Room, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Abu Dhabi , UAE

Seminar Reference

Seminar Duration
Five days

Seminar Description
Billions of gallons of wastewaters containing oils and particulates are produced each year by m etallurgical plants, ships, petroleu m and gas operations, industrial washing operations, and other processes. Unfortunately, water syste m s have long tended to be one of the neglected areas of the process plant. However, this situation is changing rapidly as environ m ental legislation tightens. This seminar is uniquely place to assist process plants in m eeting these challenges, offering unrivalled expertise in water syste m s and the proble m s associated with treat m ent of oily water. Much of the technology discussed in this seminar has been developed to m eet the challenges faced in the North Sea ; oil producers there face so m e of the toughest environ m ental controls in the oil industry.

Before designing general treat m ents for refinery and petroche m ical plant oily water, it is necessary to know where the different polluted discharges co m e fro m , the levels of pollution and whether they can be classified into segregated sewers each equipped with its own pretreat m ent if need be. Pretreat m ent is designed either to allow a certain degree of recycling in situ or to control costs and sizes that would increase if an overly diluted pollutant were treated.

The m ain effluent itself, oily and accidentally oily water, undergoes the now routine series of three basic purifications which constitute the three stages of general treat m ent:

  • Preli m inary oil re m oval
  • Physicoche m ical oil re m oval
  • Biological or secondary purification

It may have had particular effluents added after their pretreat m ent or nonoily effluents inserted before the second or third stage.

Lastly, a fourth stage, often called tertiary treat m ent, has beco m e increasingly co m m on. It is designed either to m eet tougher standards (nitrogen, especially) or to recycle m ake up water to at m ospheric cooling syste m s.

Seminar Objectives
Upon the successful co m pletion of the seminar, participants will be able to gain good knowledge of:

•  Sources of Oily Water in Refining and Stea m Cracking

•  Standards & Legislations (France, Belgiu m and Canada )

•  Layout of Oily Water Treat m ent Plants

•  Pretreat m ent of Sour Condensates

•  Preli m inary Oil Separation Procedures

•  Physicoche m ical Purification of Effluents fro m Preli m inary Oil Separators

•  Monitoring Purification Plants

•  Case studies and Bench m arking (Mobil, ELF, SHELL, ESSO)

Who Should Attend

•  Environmental and HSE professionals and engineers

•  Oily Water Treatment staff

•  Process Engineers, managers, supervisors and foremen

•  Municipal planners and engineers

•  Anyone responsible for m anaging and operating sewage treat m ent facilities

•  Plant and Maintenance Engineers, technicians and staff

•  Operation, m aintenance, inspection and repair m anagers, supervisors and engineers

•  Mechanical engineers and technicians, Design engineers and Sewage Operators

Seminar Certificate
Petrolab Engineering certificate will be issued to all attendees co m pleting m ini m u m of 75% of the total tuition hours of the seminar.

Seminar Fee
US $ 3,500 per Delegate. This rate includes buffet lunch, coffee/tea on arrival, m orning and afternoon of each day.

Accommodation is not included in seminar fees. However, any accommodation required can be arranged by Petrolab Engineering at the time of booking .

Seminar Director
Mr. Norman Graham, C.E.M., P.E. ( Canada ).. More

Course Coordinator
Ms. Aisha Lee, Tel: +971-2-6277405, Fax: +971-2-6277407, E m ail:

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