Southern Oil Refineries (SOR) has been granted an Environment Protection Licence No. 11408 - 16/07/04 to operate the Bomen Refinery under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (the PEO Act).
The broad objectives of this NSW legislation (PEO Act 1997) are:
As an environmental business Southern Oil Refineries is careful to minimise the impact of its operations on the local environment by ensuring consistent compliance with its license requirements.
Used oil lost to water systems or landfill has the potential to pollute whilst not being available to future generations as a lube oil resource. Re-refining used oil is an environmentally sustainable way of managing:
When consumed for energy only by using as a fuel, the unique lubricating properties are lost in return for a one off, lower resource value application.
Once the original lubes have been extracted and
refined, ecological and sustainable development promotes their conservation
for their "Highest Net Resource Value". Instead of used oil
being burned in low temperature furnaces, re-refining used oil back to
"as good or better than virgin oil" conserves a valuable non-renewable
resource. Re-refining is also energy efficient, as less energy is required
to produce a litre of re-refined base stock than to produce the same quantity
from crude oil.
Health and Safety Issues
Compared to new motor oil, used motor oil typically has a much higher concentration of carcinogenic compounds such as Poly-aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) that are formed as by-products of inefficient combustion reactions. Certain metals also of concern include:
In addition of there is a risk of poly-chlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) finding their way into used oil collection programs and therefore part of SOR's quality regime is to protect against this intrusion.
The SOR process is effective in reducing these
harmful contaminants to the same, almost non-detectable levels as for
virgin base oils enabling SOR re-refined oil to be sold as equivalent
to virgin base oil.
Used Oil Facts
The collection of used oil serves two important functions:
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