Water treatment process cleans carcinogenic wastewater by-product of MBTE production

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ATLANTA, GA, Feb. 9, 2010 -- MyCelx Technologies Corporation announces the successful commissioning of a wastewater recycling process for Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) in Al-Jubail Industrial City, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This SABIC installation is the first viable system of its kind for MTBE process wastewater handling.

"This project has high environmental significance. Its complex nature required extensive evaluations and an innovative treatment design."

MyCelx units clean carcinogenic wastewater, a by-product of MBTE production, so it may be safely discharged or re-used. The MyCelx wastewater treatment system engineered for SABIC is a successful environmental solution for this wastewater, creating safety and health benefits for workers.

"This is an innovative solution to a long-standing environmental problem in MTBE facilities," says Mr. Mohammed Raza, Senior Process Engineer for SABIC's IBN SINA facility.

MTBE (methyl tertiary butyl ether) is manufactured around the world as an additive for motor gasoline. The MyCelx multi-stage recycling process effectively handles the petrochemical facility's process fluctuations and waste with hydrocarbon contamination in the range of 10 to 500,000 parts per million (ppm).

After treatment, the effluent water is more than 99% free from hazardous contaminants and carcinogenic compounds. The filtered water is pure enough to be re-used, replacing the working environment's carcinogenic water, which would otherwise be toxic to operators.

The MyCelx wastewater treatment unit also recovers a hydrocarbon by-product used in the facility's process. This recovered product is now used as a complementary fuel to the facility's boiler for more energy efficiency and a reduced carbon footprint.

According to Harikrishnan P., Manager of Applications & Technical Services for MyCelx: "This project has high environmental significance. Its complex nature required extensive evaluations and an innovative treatment design."

About MyCelx
MyCelx is an environmentally sound, patented technology certified for oil removal by Lloyd's Register, UK. A complete set of turnkey solutions tackles the toughest water recycling challenges in Oil/Gas and Petrochemical, Marine, Manufacturing, Power and Facilities.

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