Project: Steam Enhanced Extraction (SEE) Remediation of Former Waste Oil Site – Phase 1


Southern New Hampshire


Waste oil mixed with TCE, PCE, cis-1,2-DCE, 1,1,1-TCA, benzene, ethylbenzene and napthalene


13,270 cy. Treatment to depths of up to 25 ft bgs in a 34,930 square ft footprint


Meet ROD soil clean-up goals for naphthalene, VOCs and CVOCs

Number of Heaters

88 clusters of steam injection wells and extraction wells. Each with 2-3 screens, totaling 186 injection screens. Contaminant mass, condensate and water was captured at 29 multi-phase extraction points

Mass Removed

150,066 lbs


Important Project Details

Approach: The 88 steam injection well clusters each had between two and three injection intervals. Over 28 million pounds of steam were injected, while more than 6.6 million gallons of water were extracted during the steam remedy.

Challenges: Extracted water was discharged to an existing onsite ground water treatment system, and problems were encountered with microfiltration unit sensitivity due to the rapidly changing groundwater chemistry to the steam zone. The problem was solved by the installation of additional pre-treatment hardware during the SEE operation phase.

Results: 83 confirmatory soil samples were collected at the end of thermal operations for analysis. There were no detections of 1,1,1-TCA, benzene, cis-1,2,-DCE, TCE, ethylbenzene or PCE above the ROD standards of 4.0; 0.1; 2.0; 0.2; 20.0 and 0.5 mg/kg respectively and the 95% UCL for naphthalene was below the ROD cleanup level of 4.0 mg/kg. 

What Makes this Project Unique

Steam was supplied at an injection rate of up to 14,000 lbs/hr and water from the wellfield was extracted at rates up to 35 gpm. After pre-treatment of the extracted liquids, the water was polished in an existing onsite groundwater treatment facility, prior to infiltration in an onsite infiltration system. The water utilized to generate the onsite steam was supplied as treated water from the groundwater treatment plant.

Contact Info

Steffen Griepke

Phone: 978-394-9629