SEPOR - lead reclamation
lead reclamation industrial cleaning
Lead Alkyls (Tetra Ethyl Lead & Tetra Methyl Lead) was used as an anti-knocking compound for gasoline for decades before the conversion to “green gasoline” all over the world. These highly toxic, poisonous compounds are known threats to the environment and human health. After the phasing out of leaded fuel the proper decommissioning of TEL/TML blending plants has become necessary for each facility where these plants were in use.
Our experience in the TEL/TML remediation market has helped us develop the necessary expertise and knowledge to deal safely with other highly hazardous materials. Equipment contaminated with toxic, explosive, corrosive or highly flammable substances, as well as any combination of these materials, are decontaminated, dismantled and destroyed by providing total turn-key solutions.
Waste generated by our decommissioning and remediation activities are always disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner or transported to a suitable facility following ADR procedures and using suitable containers.
Our teams of experts can decommission, decontaminate and dispose of plants, facilities and equipment that contain toxic residues from TEL , as well as other highly hazardous materials.
A contract starts with a comprehensive risk assessment survey and the preparation of health and safety plans that focus on the specific site’s logistics, plant status, facility regulations and limitations, legislative constraints, and client business and operational requirements.
In order to carry out a contract, specialized equipment is brought to the location in containerized modules.
Before starting the activities, our decontamination specialists and all the project team members undergo bio-medical checks to ensure that they are fit for work in harsh conditions and to test the lead levels in their blood. Field TEL Analyzers are tested, calibrated and shipped together with chemical engineers, experts in handling the instrumentation and authorized to issue Lead Free/Gas Free certification. Appropriate environmental control systems are set up in the work areas and in areas that might be affected by the activities.
Our chemical engineers and/or environmental experts can check the organic lead pollution status or the status of other volatile compounds in other areas of the premises if deemed to be required by the client. Prior to commencing the activities the team leader debriefs the manager of the facility on the hazards and specific requirements, and safety meetings are regularly held during the works. The plant decommissioning starts: plant piping and tanks are opened with cold cutting techniques, any liquid or residual sludge it is possible to pump out is removed using pneumatic pumps and collected in UN and ADR storage drums. Tanks are ventilated to remove any organic lead in the air, and explosive potential levels are checked. When acceptable levels have been reached operators enter the tanks and clean the surfaces to attain a gas-free status. After this, hot cutting is carried out and the tanks and rest of the plant are sectioned, pickled and flamed out until no organic lead is present.