The PetroChek monitor can be used to detect hydrocarbons in freshwater and marine environments and can be used for a wide range of applications. These include: the monitoring of oil spills; airport pollution run-off; the detection of hydrocarbons in effluent; as well as the ability to ensure the water quality is maintained at treatment plants.
The new monitor uses fluorescence to identify poly-aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) which are inherent in crude and refined hydrocarbons within both fresh and marine water systems.
PetroChek is said to be very sensitive to low hydrocarbon concentrations and is ideally suited to real- time monitoring, either as a portable unit, in-situ or online (with a flow cell arrangement). It can provide early warning by first detecting a problem with hydrocarbons, before then helping to control the environmental impact, as well as providing data to initiate the remediation and treatment processes.