“PUŁAWY” in Blue Gas Program
“PUŁAWY” has been active in the process of preparing technologies connected with commercial excavation of shale gas in Poland. We have initiated a project to use the residue from production installations in “PUŁAWY” to fertilize soil destroyed by borehole drilling. We managed to obtain a grant of 11 million PLN from the National Centre for Research and Development for the procedure of manufacturing a recultivating mix for land after shale gas excavation.
In cooperation with Lublin region partners
Azoty Group PUŁAWY is the leader of the project called Blue Gas. Other participants include “Kruszywa Niemce” PLC and representatives of Lublin region scientific circles, Lublin University of Technology, Fertilizer Research Institute in Puławy and the University of Life Sciences in Lublin. On May 23rd 2013 a consortium comprising the enumerated entities signed a cooperation agreement whose goal is to use the waste from shale gas excavations and residue from the plant of biological treatment of waste in our Works to recultivate excavation pits and degraded soil.
Waiting for shale gas
The project has been scheduled for 18 months. Work began in January 2013 and is expected to terminate in June 2014. During the process, “Kruszywa Niemce” PLC is going to run test operations, recultivating a pit after a sand mine on an area of 5 hectares. The total value of the project is 19 million PLN. The idea was received with great approval by the National Centre for Research and Development, which is co-financing the project.
Another use for degraded soil
The key R&D role in the project was adopted by the Environmental Engineering Department at Lublin University of Technology. Currently the excavation waste and used scrubber are picked up from the pit by companies holding licenses for collection of waste materials and transported to companies which obtained decisions allowing for the use of the waste. Solutions proposed by us revolutionize the whole approach to management of this type of waste.
The main result of the project will be effects with regard to technologies connected with environmental engineering. A new method of using waste from test boreholes and from manufacturing processes in Great Chemical Synthesis Works will be born.