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Investigating the Efficacy of Oily Water Treatment at a De-Oiling Facility in the Northern Industrial Center of CINA - Hassi Messaoud: A Statistical Physics Assessment

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Environmental protection is becoming a primary objective when choosing processes andtechnologies for treating oily waters resulting from hydrocarbon production. The focus of treatingoily waters is to eliminate contaminants from effluents before discharging them into the receivingenvironment while adhering to discharge standards. Our work aims to analyze the treatment processfor oily waters in the API unit of the North Industrial Center (CINA), which involves a physical–chemical treatment using activated silica and Kurifix. The study aims to improve the treatmentprocess used for oily water treatment to ensure water conservation for reuse. To enhance the CINAHMDoily water treatment process, we created coagulants with different doses (C1–C6) using sodiumsilicate, activated silicate (sodium silicate + sulfuric acid), distilled water, Kurifix, and an oxygenscavenger while measuring pH, HC (hydrocarbon), and SS (suspended solids) levels. Coagulationand flocculation processes were used to remove suspended solids and hydrocarbons from the water.The results show that the coagulant used reduces suspended matter and hydrocarbon content andincreases pH. The best treatment is achieved with a coagulant prepared with distilled water, 5%sodium silicate, and 2% sulfuric acid. The optimal dose of coagulant is 16 ppm. Automatic dosingprovides better efficiency than manual dosing. The study recommends continuous verification ofchemical preparation and injection, periodic cleaning of settling tanks, and monitoring of oily waterentering the station.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Sid ANEH, Mokrane F, Hadj M, Chagour N, Atamnia A, Boudoukhani M, Tahraoui H, Kebir M, Zhang J, Amrane A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Water

Year: 2023

Volume: 15

Issue: 19

Online publication date: 25/09/2023

Acceptance date: 21/09/2023

Date deposited: 06/12/2023

ISSN (electronic): 2073-4441

Publisher: MDPI


DOI: 10.3390/w15193360


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