There has been a sustained effort over the last decade by almost every government to reduce anthropogenic mercury releases to the environment. The main reasons for this are the toxicity of mono-methyl mercury to humans and inorganic mercury’s toxicity to aquatic organisms.
Mercury and its compounds are soluble in hydrocarbon process streams (crude oil and gas condensates) and the partitioning of mercury into product and effluent streams present complicated waste management problems. Mercury and mercury compounds in hydrocarbon processing presents risks to workers, the environment, and process equipment. Additionally, decommissioning of process equipment and vessels contaminated with mercury present health and safety risks during welding, cutting and grinding operations and can complicate transportation and disposal as recoverable steel.
PEI’s Mercury and Chemical Services Group provide an integrated comprehensive and proactive approach to mitigate these risks including: