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C.E.R.E.S. Petroleum Treatment Bacteria for Petroleum Remediation

Engineered Bacteria for Enhanced Bioremediation of Petroleum Hydrocarbons, Fuels, and Oils.

PTBac contains a blend of facultative bacteria specifically chosen for the petrochemical industries applicable to both aerobic and anaerobic conditions. This product provides a significant boost to biodegradation when combined with PTS to reduce time to reach treatment goals and overall costs of remediation operations. PTBac is recommended when treatment goals require accelerated rates of biodegradation of petroleum hydrocarbons, fuel oxygenates, polyaromatic hydrocarbons chlorinated benzene and other petroleum remediation applications in soil, groundwater, and surface water environments.

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Petroleum Treatment Bacteria (PTBac)

Benefits Include

  • Rapidly improves degradation of hydrocarbons
  • Supplements native bacteria and accelerates proliferation
  • Targets Petroleum Compound Biodegradation
  • Economical solution compared to other available products
  • Colloidal size allows for effective distribution during injection applications

Proven Field Applications

  • Soil mixing during excavation and backfill of soils
  • Direct Push Injection into groundwater
  • In-situ and Ex-Situ Bioremediation
  • Reactive Barriers for off-site plume control
  • Soil biopiles and land farming
  • Crude Oil spill cleanup
  • LNAPL remediation often in conjunction with PTS Advanced surfactant enhanced remediation
  • Works effectively with PTS electron acceptors

Specifications and Limits

Specification Limit
Composition: Blend of facultative bacteria
Coliforms 13.5 Billion CFU/g (liquid), 50 Billion CFU/g (dry)
pH Value 6-8 approx.
Packaging Pails and jugs
Appearance Tan to brown

For Bioremediation Applications

PTBac was designed to augment native bacteria to accelerate biological degradation processes and improve proliferation of biodegrading bacteria for soil and groundwater remediation. Bioremediation is often performed in conjunction with mechanical remediation systems such as SVE, DPE, MPE and Air Sparge because those systems help introduce oxygen to support oxidation demands of bacteria. For Insitu applications and older releases, the bacteria require the nutrients provided in PTS to increase the rate of biodegradation resulting in faster cleanup.

In the case of surface spills of oil and refined fuels on land, in rivers or spills in the ocean, PTBac works in conjunction with PTS Advanced works aggressively to help solubilize the pure phase petroleum and long chain hydrocarbons and promotes biodegradation. It is safe to aquatic ecosystems, humans, and other living organisms and is actually ideal for sustainable rejuvenation of soil for reuse in the environment. Contact us to learn more about our variations of PTS for your site specific challenges.

Applicable Target Compounds:

Petroleum Hydrocarbons:

BTEX-Benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylenes​
Tert Butyl Alcohol (TBA)
MTBE-Methyl tert-butyl-ether
GRO-Gasoline Range Organics
DRO-Disel Range Organics
ORO-Oil Range Organics

Chlorinated Compounds:


Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs):



and others

Chemical Supplier for Remediation Projects

  • Magnesium Oxide and Hydroxide
  • Magnesium Sulfate
  • Phosphate Chemistries
  • Sulfide Chemistries including Iron Sulfide
  • Ferrous and Ferric Sulfate Heptahydrate
  • Chemical buffer for pH control
  • Carbon, zeolite and other adsorption materials
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