Definition - What does Decontamination mean?

Decontamination is a process of removing contaminants from substances that can cause harm to humans, animals or damage the environment. Since the petroleum industry is at a higher risk of putting environment at danger through its operations and by-products, decontamination is an important part to ensure the safety of the environment.

Petropedia explains Decontamination

Decontamination process is a solution of oil and gas waste management. In the oil and gas industry, naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) need to be dealt with by means of decontamination, decommissioning and disposal. A refinery plant, reactor tubes, heat exchangers, furnaces, and pipes to name a few may need to be decontaminated, so that the oil and gas products produced in it are clean and safe. The decontamination process does not only take care of the equipment involved, but also ensures a safe work environment for the workers.

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