Caspian Sea Oil Spill Cleanup to Begin
EnviroMop LLC, a manufacturer of hydrophobic cellulose-based sorbent material, has been chosen by Cengroup Petroleum Corporation, a petroleum recovery company, to provide the sorbent which will be used to clean up and recover the approximately 250 million barrels of spilled oil lying on the water and land in Azerbaijan, with nearly 1 million new barrels oil leaking to the surface each year. Cengroup, working with the government of Azerbaijan, plans to clean up, recover, and return the spilled oil to productive use while restoring the land, sea, and shore.
The EnviroMop product, Maximum Oil Pickup (MOP) is a revolutionary patented hydrocarbon sorbent material. "We are looking at this as a large scale cleanup and recovery operation," said Neville Trevor, Chairman of Cengroup. "As a sorbent, MOP has a very high pickup and recovery ratio, is light weight, and environmentally friendly. It fits perfectly into our operational needs and goals."
David s. Levine, President of EnviroMop stated "we are excited that our product has been chosen clean up oil spills in an area of the world that desperately needs environmental attention. We look forward to playing an active role in this and other worthwhile projects."
According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), which is a statistical agency of the U.S. Department of Energy, the landlocked Caspian Sea is the largest inland body of water on earth surrounded by Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkmenistan. Sturgeon from the Caspian Sea accounts for approximately 90% of the world's caviar industry.
The effects of oil and gas exploration and production in the Caspian region have been felt most strongly in Azerbaijan, where a century's worth of oil production has resulted in acute soil degradation and contamination problems. Oil production has left behind vast areas of wasteland, with standing oil ponds and severely contaminated soil, a shore along Baku Bay that is black with oil residue, and high levels of pollution in the Caspian Sea.
Rusty derricks, poisoned soil and water, pools of oil scum, and uncontrolled well fires were byproducts of no environmental oversight of the oil exploitation in the Caspian region. Involvement of Western energy companies using more modern technology actually should result in an improvement in the way oil and gas is extracted in the Caspian basin. In addition, pressure from shareholders will make publicly-traded energy companies carry out their operations in the Caspian region in an environmentally-responsible fashion.
EnviroMop was chosen for the project because:
- Works on water and land; in all types of weather conditions. The oil will not leach out and it halts further contamination of land or water.
- Is 100% biodegradable, non-corrosive, non-toxic, non-irritating – it is safe to plants and animals.
- Cleanly recovers up to 95% of the absorbed oil simply by squeezing. The remaining material can be burned to recover 100% of the available energy, while leaving as low as 0.1% ash.
- Absorbs up to 30 times its own weight in oil offering superior absorbent performance.
- It can be treated to be a fire retardant. Traction restoring grit can also be added, so treated hard surfaces are immediately safe and not slippery.
- It is lightweight; easy to handle.
- Cost effective in comparison to other sorbents.
Cengroup Petroleum Corporation (Pink Sheets: CPCO) was developed to take advantage of an opportunity to recover surface oil in the Caspian Sea Region. Over the past five years the Company has singularly positioned itself in this lucrative region by developing relationships within the Azerbaijan government. It has been estimated that there are approximately 250 million barrels of surface oil lying on water and land in the Caspian Sea Region, with nearly 1 million new barrels of oil leaking to the surface each year. Cengroup, working with the government of Azerbaijan to reclaim the oil to productive use while environmentally restoring the land, sea, and shore.
EnviroMop, LLC was formed in 2004 to promote the revolutionary patented product Maximum Oil Pick-up (MOP) which can clean up hazardous oil, and other hydrocarbon material, spills easily and safely while both allowing for the recovery of the spilled material and returning a clean environment. Located in New Jersey, USA, EnviroMop is capable of serving the worldwide needs for this unique product.