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Cleaning of tank farms using microorganisms 100% perfect than chemicals – NABDA D-G

Prof. Abdullahi Mustapha, the Director-General of the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), says the use of microorganisms to clean oil terminals known as tank farms is 100 percent better than using conventional chemicals.

Mustapha told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday that after cleaning tank farms with chemicals, the crude would no longer be of use and would need to be discharged.

According to him, this can lead to environmental pollution as either water, soil, air, or plants may be affected. All these are what we are trying to avoid.

“What is obtained with the use of microorganisms to clean tank farms is that the microorganisms will only revive the crude oil back to its natural form, meaning that there will be no wastage.

“With the use of microorganisms, the crude will be recovered 100 percent and will still be useful.

“Tank farm cleaning is very important because Nigeria relies heavily on petroleum for income, the director-general said.

He explained that if the sediments of crude left in the terminals were not cleaned, they would accumulate and may fill up the tank capacity.

According to him, if cleaning is not carried out, it will be impossible to get the normal volume or capacity of crude oil in the tank, either for storage or for transportation.

The director-general disclosed that tank farm cleaning was one of the agency’s top projects and had reached an advanced stage.

“NABDA will carry out the cleaning in designated tank farms in collaboration with the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) and NNPC Energy Services (Enserve).”

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He said the agency was collaborating with the two agencies on the issue, adding that the NUPRC was responsible for the tank farms.

He disclosed that NABDA visited Kaduna depots to see what could be done there.

“We have collected samples from the tank, and analysis is being carried out in order to get the ratio of what we are using for the cleaning.

”At the moment, we are waiting for the laboratory results for that mixture of microorganisms to be used for the cleaning solution,” the” NABDA boss said. (NAN)

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