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Tuesday, 10 April 2018 09:45

How Volvo car maker cleans up its historic oil and solvent spillages

volvo contamination remediationThis video explains the ongoing remediation of historic contamination at Volvo Car Gent in Belgium, a car manufacturer located in the port district of Ghent in the west of Belgium. Around 5,000 people work at this facility producing more than 250,000 cars per year.

The plant opened in 1965 and was the first European Volvo plant outside Sweden. Manufacturing activity at this plant includes welding, painting and final assembly; all processes which typically involve the use of lubricating oils and cleaning solvents.

The handling and storage of these chemicals has led to the occasional spill or leakage in the past. This has resulted in soils and groundwater below the plant becoming contaminated with Petroleum Hydrocarbons and Chlorinated Solvents.

Site investigation by Artemis Milieu has revealed 2 plumes relating to these historic spillages. The groundwater contaminant concentrations are low but persistent. Due to the direction of the groundwater flow, the contamination is at risk of migrating across the plant's site boundary. REGENESIS has been asked to provide a solution to treat the plumes and prevent off-site migration.