Organic Chemical Waste. Organic wastes from chemical production vary as widely as the processes from which they originate. One published example is the feedstock to a waste gasification plant at Seal Sands (United Kingdom), which processes streams from caprolactam and acrylonitrile production. These waste streams include mixtures of nitriles and amines as well as cyanide and ammonia compounds. The differences in the characteristics of these streams, the flow rates of which can vary independently from one another, can be observed in Table 4-21 (Schingnitz etal. 2000).
Other Liquid Wastes. Liquid wastes such as spent transformer oil can best be gasified in oil gasifiers together with heavy residual oils. The advantage of this approach is
Waste Streams from Caprolactam and Acrylonitrile Production
Source: Schingnitz et al. 2000
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