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Biotechnologies for oil polluted sites remediation and oil recovery enhancement

The project includes the development of technologies of oil sludge contaminated and oil polluted soil remediation using microorganisms, and the use of biosurfactants for enhanced oil recovery. The result of the project is the reduction of the environmental hazards of oil production, transportation and refining.

Project manager: Svetlana Selivanovskaya, Director of the Institute of Ecology and Geography of KFU, Doctor of Science (Biology), born in 1957.

Partners among large companies: the development of technology for oil-containing sewage sludge treatment for JSC TANECO; LLC “Ecosfera”: joint monitoring and selection of methods for oil sludge pits bioremediation; LLC “Centre for Technology Transfer”: the development of equipment for oil polluted soil remediation and its monitoring; LLC “Mirrico”: the development of surfactants of microbial origin for enhanced oil recovery; Regional Centre for biotechnology engineering in the Republic of Tatarstan: the development of biotechnologies for oil-contaminated soil remediation. Partners among universities and academic centres: the University of Helsinki, Finland (the development of oil sludge contaminated soil remediation methods, including radioactive methods), Georg-August University of Goettingen, Germany (soil quality assessment and improvement), Nankai University, China (the study of oil-oxidizing microbial communities).

The main results: The microbial strains with high destructive activity towards hydrocarbons and with a high biosurfactant activity have been isolated and sent for a patent deposit. An environmental monitoring of the territories has been made where oil production is actively carried out, the impact of oil sludge pits on the environmental components has been evaluated, the impact of radioactive sludge on soil and soil microbial communities has been evaluated. During 2015, 25 articles were published with the cumulative impact-factor 80 in the journals indexed by Scopus and Web of Science; 11 million rubles were raised.