Green technology solution for oily waste

HSEC Awards

Western Australia Iron Ore’s Green Technology for Oily Waste project addressed the environmental impact of soil contaminated by hydrocarbons. The previous treatment method was costly, time consuming, required a large footprint of land and could not fully eliminate environmental impacts. 

Western Australia Iron Ore’s Green Technology for Oily Waste project addressed the environmental impact of soil contaminated by hydrocarbons. The previous treatment method was costly, time consuming, required a large footprint of land and could not fully eliminate environmental impacts.

The team formed a strategic partnership with leading researchers to develop a ‘biopiling’ solution that would guarantee the remediation of the soil. After successful laboratory trials, they commenced a pilot field trial at Mt Whaleback over five months.

Iron Ore is now equipped with a low-cost, scalable, green technology solution to improve its site legacy in the Pilbara and progressively reduce its future environmental footprint.

The project is a strong example of what can be achieved when science and industry work together to address challenges.