Remediating Kuwait's Oil Disaster from the Gulf War
Biogenesis Enterprises, Inc., a division of Oak Creek-based Amiran Technologies LLC, has been given an initial contract of $15 million to remediate the Kuwait oil spill from the first Gulf War, termed by environmental experts as the largest ecological disaster in the history of the world.
The oil spill caused by Saddam Hussein's Iraqi troops in 1990 led to an oil leakage lasting over eight months after the Gulf War ended in 1991. Hussein's forces blew up more than 600 oil wells, and the flowing oils and billions of gallons of sea salt water used to extinguish the flames devastated thousands of acres of land. Some of the oil seeped over 40 feet into the sand, severely damaging ecosystems and an aquifer used for drinking water.
“To provide some perspective about the massive nature of this disaster, the contaminated areas are about 10 times the size of the isle of Manhattan, or three times the size of Yellowstone National Park, or about the size of the state of New Jersey,” said Mohsen Amiran, chief executive officer of BioGenesis.
Biogenesis will utilize their unique sand washing system to extract and separate the oil, salts and other contaminants.
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“This is a massive job. The amount of oil to be reclaimed in Kuwait is at least ten times greater than the amount of the oil from the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In some places it is over 40 feet deep in the soil,” said Dr. Amiran.
“The oil spilled by Iraq's troops was about 60 million barrels, or about $5 billion worth in today's dollar,” Amiran concluded.
“We are honored to be part of the initial phase of this historic clean-up,” said Phil Skrade, CEO of Amiran Technologies.
“After our unique cleansing system is employed, it is our goal to give the Kuwaitis clean, construction grade sand and refinable oil for sale” Skrade concluded.
Amiran Technologies and Biogenesis are working on getting involved in similar oil reclamation projects closer to home in North America, offering remediation to polluted lakes, rivers and streams. It will turn the sediment into fine topsoil for sale and convert livestock manure into dry organic pelletized fertilizer, which is e-coli and pathogen free. It also offers metal reclamation from waste streams that are generated from the production of steel as well as ecologically sound fire suppressants.
Hydrostor receives $4m funding for A-CAES facility in Canada
Hydrostor has received $4m funding to develop a 300-500MW Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) facility in Canada.
The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to plan construction.
The project will be modeled on Hydrostor’s commercially operating Goderich storage facility, providing up to 12 hours of energy storage.
Hydrostor’s A-CAES system supports Canada’s green economic transition by designing, building, and operating emissions-free energy storage facilities, and employing people, suppliers, and technologies from the oil and gas sector.
The Honorable Seamus O’Regan, Jr. Minister of Natural Resources, said: “Investing in clean technology will lower emissions and increase our competitiveness. This is how we get to net zero by 2050.”
A-CAES has the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions by enabling the transition to a cleaner and more flexible electricity grid. Specifically, the low-impact and cost-effective technology will reduce the use of fossil fuels and will provide reliable and bankable energy storage solutions for utilities and regulators, while integrating renewable energy for sustainable growth.
Curtis VanWalleghem, Hydrostor’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are grateful for the federal government’s support of our long duration energy storage solution that is critical to enabling the clean energy transition. This made-in-Canada solution, with the support of NRCan and Sustainable Development Technology Canada, is ready to be widely deployed within Canada and globally to lower electricity rates and decarbonize the electricity sector."
The Rosamond A-CAES 500MW Project is under advanced development and targeting a 2024 launch. It is designed to turn California’s growing solar and wind resources into on-demand peak capacity while allowing for closure of fossil fuel generating stations.
Hydrostor closed US$37 million (C$49 million) in growth financing in September 2019.