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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Azerbaijan 2017
The technology they have developed has been tested on the heavily polluted soil with oil products. The test-area was 1.5 ha and is located about 150 m from the coast of the Caspian sea. The goal of this project is the cleaning and rehabilitation of earlier contaminated land.
Natural disintegration of harmful to health substances in the soil goes very slowly. That increases the risk of diseases, such as skin and blood cancer. The unemployed people are wandering on the contaminated places in search of work. This makes immediate realization of an ecological – refurbishment work in zones of contaminated lands top important.
The solution is getting samples of soils for complete chemical analysis. Also, the evaluation of existing (biological, chemical, mechanical, etc.) technologies of cleaning and processing of contaminated lands are important. They also assess the economic potentials of residues extracted during cleaning. Planting seedlings on medium- and slightly contaminated cleaned territories is another step with the creation of a database for the next phase.
The working group gathered and analyzed the existing and introduced technologies on cleaning and rehabilitation of oil-contaminated lands. They also developed a technology that helps to clean land and water. In the future, the land may be used in agriculture and people who live in those areas won´t suffer health problems.
The oil production in the world grows and this leads to contaminated soils. The people who live close to these places suffer from health problems and don´t know anything about the risks. This year's national winner of the Energy Globe Award in Azerbaijan started a very important project for the rehabilitation of heavily polluted soil with oil products. It saves the environment and protects the population from diseases, … Congratulations on your initiative!