EKOGRID Electrokinetic Remediation Chosen for Oil Disaster Recovery in Nigeria's Ogoniland

Eko Harden Technologies’s EKOGRID electrokinetic oxidation in-situ remediation solution has been chosen by Recowell Solutions Group to assist the world’s largest oil contamination recovery project in Nigeria’s Ogoniland. 

Helsinki, June 4th, 2019: In-situ remediation specialists Eko Harden Technologies today announced that its patented EKOGRID electrokinetic oxidation solution has been chosen by global environmental remediation company, Recowell Solutions Group Oy for the world’s largest oil contamination recovery project in Nigeria’s Ogoniland region.

The contract stipulates that EKOGRID electrokinetic oxidation technology will be used as part of a larger hybrid in-situ remediation solution and is designed and optimized for the efficient treatment of organic contaminants such as Polyaromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH) compounds in the Ogoniland environmental conditions. This first contract covers the treatment of one of the 21 contaminated sites awarded in the first phase.

The Ogoniland restoration project is governed by the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP), an organization authorized by the Federal Ministry of Environment in Nigeria, and will be scaled up to cover hundreds of contaminated sites within the area of 1,000 square kilometers in the Ogoniland region.

According to an independent scientific assessment carried out by UNEP, recovery from the pollution that was caused by over 50 years of oil operations in the region can take up to 30 years. UNEP, which also coordinates the Ogoni Environmental Restoration Fund also estimated that capital funding of up US$1-billion would be required to cover the first five years of the clean-up project.

According to Jussi Koskinen, the Chairman of Recowell Solutions Group, EKOGRID is a crucial component in Recowell’s hybrid in-situ remediation solution. “EKOGRID enables us to neutralize the PAH compounds in the contaminated soil and in the groundwater medium,” and he continues,  “It speeds up the bioremediation process and makes more efficient use of the surfactant agents,” he concludes.

“We are very proud to be awarded one of the first commercial contracts in Ogoniland – after several years of conducting demanding pilots and tests with Recowell,” Panu Lindberg, the Project Director at Eko Harden Technologies explains.

“Eko Harden Technologies commits to the Ogoniland recovery multi-year project and feels honored to be able to help to save and restore the local environment, habitat and improve life for the local society”, Lindberg says, and continues, “The EKOGRID electrokinetic remediation solution in Ogoniland project will open the doors to further Nigerian and African remediation markets.”.

The In-situ Remediation Solution in Ogoniland

Recowell Solutions Group’s in-situ remediation solution is suitable for the efficient remediation at contamination sites and with this solution, there is no need for excavation or to transport the soil for off-site remediation.

Recowell’s solution is a combination method for petroleum hydrocarbon contaminated soil and groundwater remediation and clean-up of oil spills. There is no need to excavate and transport the soils for off-site remediation. The essence of the methodology consists of the microbes capable of degrading the petroleum hydrocarbons.

The solution maintains the optimal environmental conditions, at any depth and soil type, for efficient remediation to meet the targets set by the authorities. The biodegradable oil-absorbent and slow-release nutrient source ORS-SORB in Recowell’s solution is mixed with the contaminated soil and can capture the petroleum hydrocarbons. Remediation is kick-started by the bioremediation solution KEEEN OSC and includes high-performance enzymes and non-toxic bio-activators. In large scale applications, for mobile and fully automated mixing platforms, Työkone Koivisto’s Mixing Solution is used for the optimum deployment of the bioremediation products to the polluted soil. In projects based on combination methods, the electrokinetic oxidation technique, EKOGRID, can be used for several reasons. In this case, EKOGRID is used to efficient cover the polluted soil volume to create oxygen and free radicals and further enhance the bioremediation by mixing the ions, water, microbes, and the petroleum hydrocarbons within the whole treatment volume.

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About Eko Harden Technologies

Eko Harden Technologies aims to become one of the world’s leading providers of greentech and cleantech technology and service providers and their technologies will be used by governments, United Nations agencies, local municipalities, industrials, and energy companies. Its patented EKOGRID technology supports the growth of global wealth and health in a sustainable manner by removing chemical pollutants in both land and water “in situ” by advanced oxidation and enhanced bioremediation. Visit https://www.ekogrid.fi/