OVERVIEW

Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME) Treatment

Malaysia is the largest producer and exporter of palm oil. The wastewater generated during the palm oil process consists of a significant amount of solid wastes and wastewater called palm oil mill effluent (POME). 

POME is a thick brownish liquid that contains a high amount of total solids, oil and grease. This highly polluting effluent can become a major problem to the environment if it is not being treated well before being discharged based on the standard limit imposed by the Department of Environment (DOE) for effluent discharged.

Solution

Enhanced Phycoremediation and Bioremediation in Effluent Treatment

Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) and Ammonia are the two most important values monitored by the Department of Environment (DOE). After about 54 Days of enhancing phycoremediaton and bioremediation in the Aeration Ponds, the final discharge of effluent quality was achieved as BOD and Ammonia were 17mg/L and 1.25mg/L respectively.

Increasing Productivity of Industrial Effluent Treatment System (IETS)

As the normal practice of storing high COD effluent (50,000 – 300,000mg/L of ethanol and methanol waste) in the ISO Tanks would cost a monthly commitment to the plant, enhanced phycoremediation and bioremediation were used to reduce the amount of ISO Tanks rental after each Pre-Treatment and saved their working space for other purposes. Despite using recycled RO water to dilute this high COD effluent, this treatment method showed better results and is quick to settle in IETS.

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