ROBERT Gordon University is working with one of Scotland’s leading treatment solutions providers to address a significant industry challenge.

The three-year project will see RGU’s School of Engineering teaming up with Ross-shire based company Sureclean as part of a £249,000 Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) to develop a tailored mobile treatment package for the processing of high chloride, oily waste produced by a range of industries, including oil and gas.

Currently, treatment of this waste, in order to meet discharge consents, is a significant challenge to the industry.

Globally, it is the norm for waste to be accumulated and stored through time as local treatment opportunities are not available. This is stored in large quantities in tanks and lagoons with treatment costing up to £3.5m per lagoon.

KTP Associate Shoja Shokofan will work with Sureclean’s operations manager Richard Walker to design the system, while the project’s principle investigator (PI), RGU lecturer Dr Mamdud Hossain, will be the knowledgebase supervisor.

A second associate will be employed after one year to work on the chemical treatment aspect of the project with RGU’s Dr Morgan Adams acting as PI and knowledgebase supervisor.

Walker said: “Previous KTPs have not only strengthened our treatment capabilities but have contributed greatly to our business and become part of the Sureclean team.”