MetaFLO’s patented solutions are well aligned with the needs of municipal landfills and present a departure from traditional methods of managing slurry waste streams. Heavy liquid waste streams such as hydro excavation mud or horizontal directional drilling (HDD) fluids can be solidified in the field with a very low dose of MetaFLO reagent reducing carbon footprint, waste volume, cost and risk.
The naturally occurring sediment in this storm water management pond had exceeded the pond's designed capacity. The regional conservation authority planned the remediation of this pond to involve the removal of this sediment. The volume of sediment to be removed was very large, thus the cost to transport and dispose of this wet muck would be very costly.
In 2015, a major Canadian natural gas distribution company had to perform construction operations to upgrade its existing distribution system. To mitigate the disturbance of the surface level roads and natural habitats, the proponent utilized horizontal directional drilling (HDD) technology. Twenty large bores (36" and 42") were planned for this project.
Pipeline integrity testing often requires hydro excavation to expose a segment of pipe for inspection. The resulting hydro excavation muds are often a regulated, challenging to dispose of and in some cases, contaminated. In 2015, MetaFLO licensee KBL was contracted by a major Canadian pipeline operator in Alberta to provide the solidification and disposal of 200 m3 of this waste.
Seeing our products work for the first time often gets the same response as a street magician does with a surprising card trick. We at MetaFLO are accustomed to seeing liquids turn into solids before our eyes, but many new clients are not. A first time observation of our solidification capabilities usually leads the observer to ask, “How can that be, how does it work?”
If you have been following the media recently on the subject of waste soil disposal in Ontario, you will have heard that many ‘clean fill’ dump sites are contaminated with poly-aromatic hydrocarbons, heavy metals and petroleum hydrocarbons. The subject has received comment from Ontario’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Glen Murray, describing the problem as a “serious issue” in Ontario.
The Georgian Bay Pipeline Project was necessary to meet growing need for natural gas in that region. The new pipeline was 20 kilometers and 12” diameter. The route for the pipe included 30 road, rail and river crossings which would require horizontal directional drilling (HDD) to complete. Spent HDD fluids and cuttings are a regulated waste in Ontario and very costly to transport and dispose of. An estimated 250,000 gallons (940,000 litres) of spent drill mud would be in need of disposal.
Driller for major gas distributor requires cost effective solution for disposing of drilling waste in Quebec near Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. The drill site was in an urban setting with high traffic volume. Drill spoils waste was too liquid and would not be accepted by local disposal site.
Drilling waste in BC in need of solidification at remote mountain top site. Drilling mud produced near slopes estimated at greater than 28⁰ restricting mobility and truck access. Project deadline was constrained by heavy rain prior to mobilization and wildlife migration and fisheries preservation. Thin layers of gravel-like natural soil provided inadequate soil properties for mix-bury-cover site processing.
Large volume of oil and gas exploration drilling fluid stored in drill mud sump to be solidified in severe cold in Fort McMurray, AB in January. Long distance to liquids disposal site made liquid transport and disposal costs extremely high. After treatment, the solidified waste drill fluids were transported to a solids disposal site saving approximately 8 hours per load.
MetaFLO's licensee was contracted to provide service on a large Ontario gas distribution upgrade project. Nearly 50 bores were drilled using horizontal directional drilling technology to complete this upgrade. MetaFLO's licensee was required to process the resulting liquid waste which totaled more than 500,000 gallons of directional drill mud.