Established in 1999, Earth is an acronym for Environmental and Remedial Treatment for Hydrocarbons. We offer the highest standards of quality products and services to manage complex challenges arising from oil refining operations. Earth is a limited liability company operating in the greater Caribbean and the Middle East. With a holistic approach to every aspect of our business, we strive to provide the best solutions for our clients. Our deep knowledge and experience of worldwide health, environmental and regulatory requirements, serve to keep us abreast of the diversified and technological advancement of our systems and the companies we represent. This enables us to offer more cost effective, informed and energy-efficient solutions to our customers. We aim to collaborate with our partners to build capacity, capability and ownership of the systematic management of the environment and production optimization. We continue to provide environmentally friendly and cost effective solutions for everyday environmental problems faced by the oil and petrochemical industries. By focusing on team alignment, fiscal responsibility, continuous learning and the development of our clients and our people, we are proud to play our vital role as problem solvers and creators of new possibilities.
To create new possibilities
To build ownership and alignment with all stakeholders to manage the environment and optimise production
VALUES Collaboration - "Understanding, supporting and appreciating one other" Leadership - "Inspiring the industry to expand every possibility" Trust - "Fulfilling on our commitments and honouring our responsibilities"
MEET THE TEAM
Our collaborative approach empowers our team and clients to create sustainable results. We passionately create solutions that promote a sustainable future and a healthier planet.
Mr. Arnim Ramsey - Chief Executive Officer
With a winning combination of leadership, passion and business acumen, Arnim Ramsey brings profound promise to Earth. His smart-solution approach to business challenges has already brought tremendous success to the company. His achievements include introducing one of the largest suppliers of lubricants in the world, Chevron Lubricants, to Earth. He has also won a prestigious two-year contract with the Inncogen power plant, the Public Transport Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago as well as the Titan Methanol plant. He now handles the management of Earth's major local and foreign accounts.
Mr. Dion Marchan - Managing Director
With his vision to improve our environment through safe, innovative and new technologies, Dion took a leap of faith to form Earth. Since the inception of the company, Dion played a pivotal role in the planning, design and coordination of Earth's key projects. Some of his significant contributions include the design, planning, manufacture and operation of the prototype Helium gas-testing unit, Chill Time, which he developed during his tenure at Operational Support Services Co. Ltd. This remains the only remote gas-testing unit for well-bore production strings in the world.
Duane Ragbir - Director/Technical Services Manager
Duane has an academic background in chemical engineering, which explains why safe and intelligent systems are his forte. He is responsible for the chemical design and bulk production of Earth's EC range of products as well as the design and maintenance of the proprietary equipment. Duane's responsibilities include leading the operations department, the company's blending plant operations and strategic planning for technical services and personnel. His previous experience at the Trinidad and Tobago Methanol plant at the Point Lisas Industrial Estate has qualified him to supervise major plant overhauls, plant turnarounds and maintenance schedules.
CLIENTS AND PROJECTS
Earth is the partner of choice for sustainable industrial and business solutions that resonate with clients and the general public. Earth collaborates with stakeholders to ensure a holistic positive result for all.
To date, some of our satisfied customers include: - Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Aramco) - Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago (Petrotrin) - TRINMAR Operations - BP Energy Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago - BGTT - BHP Billiton Trinidad LTD - MI-Swaco - Trinidad And Tobago Methanol Company LTD - PCS Nitrogen - Titan Methanol - Inncogen - Power Generation Company of Trinidad and Tobago - Canadian Superior - Petro Canada - Asco Trinidad LTD - Unilever Trinidad LTD - The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago - Atlantic LNG Company of Trinidad & Tobago - Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries Trinidad and Tobago - Tobago House of Assembly
PARTNERS IN SUSTAINABILITY
Forming new business relationships is, of course, an important part of our growth and development. What is more important, however, is going forward with long-lasting partnerships for the future. We are partners in sustainability. Our partnerships are built on trust, commitment and integrity. Our holistic approach enables us to work closely with our clients in order to provide an overall, long-term solution. We are problem solvers first and foremost, relying heavily on our team's expertise and experience. We are always looking further into the market to learn new skills and gain deeper knowledge. We take pride in working alongside our partners on an even level - it is a partnership that both sides can learn from to empower each other and sustain life on our planet.
1. Oil Pit Remediation and Sludge Treatment System
EARTH's challenge was to remediate a waste oil pit alongside a Saudi Aramco tank farm. The pit was used to hold small amounts of crude oil from pipeline/tanks during filling or emptying. There was a large quantity of oil and sludge which had to be removed and recovered/cleaned before closing the pit. The parameter outlined by the Environmental and Protection Department (EPD), Saudi Aramco was 1% or less Total Oil and Grease (TOG) on the oily solids from the pit post-treatment.
EARTH's turn-key solution was to design a complete Process Plant that would remove and treat all components found present within the oil pit. The solution consisted of: 1. EC 101 "Cuttings Wash": This was utilized to convert majority of oil on solids into a biodegradable soap stearate. 2. EC Polisher: A newly developed chemical that penetrates to the pores of solids in order to remove oil and bring the TOG value below 1%. 3. Customized Mixers for all wash stages. 4. Customized Reaction Tanks for the final stage of treatment.
The results have been outstanding with TOG on solids values as low as 0.4% being achieved. More than 75% of the oil in the pit was recovered through this process which the client accepted after testing its quality.
2. Heavy Oil Exploration and Flaring
EARTH's challenge was to solve various challenges encountered by Saudi Aramco during their heavy oil exploration. The heavy crude recovered was highly viscous and had a significant percentage of water emulsions, thereby being difficult to pump. Further when the well flow back effluent was sent to flare, the heavy oil was the root cause for incomplete combustion and oil spill into the surrounding sea. EARTH was responsible for developing a 100% efficient flaring system where the failure criterion was the formation of oil sheen in the sea water below the flare tip.
EARTH's collaborative solution was to design a chemical treatment system that would reduce the viscosity of the heavy oil, break the emulsions and give a 100% efficient flaring solution. The solution consisted of: 1. EC 103 "Emulsion Breaker": This was utilized to break all oil-water emulsions resulting in efficient separation of heavy oil and water. 2. EC 106 "Viscosity Reducer": The EC 106 reduced the viscosity of heavy oil with its micro-cleaving mechanism, resulting in reduced viscosity. 3. EC Oxidizer: This product was specially developed for flares where incomplete combustion was observed. The product is stable until it reaches flare temperatures where it immediately begins to release oxygen to enable 100% efficient flaring.
The Heavy Oil Exploration and Flaring Treatment System was successfully employed in (04) Heavy Oil Exploration wells. The flaring was continuous and efficient with no oil spilling into the sea. The flare can be observed in the pictures above before (left) and after (right) the EARTH chemical treatment.
3. Zero Oil Flaring
EARTH's challenge was to solve the waste management issue for Saudi Aramco that arose from stimulation treatment of wells designed to boost production. The well flow back effluent after simulation consisted of gas, oil, water, oily solids and oil-water emulsions. All well flow back effluent used to be flared. This practice contributed greatly to air pollution (due to by-products of combustion) and water pollution (because of solids drop out and inefficient flaring).
EARTH's collaborative solution was to design a system that separated all these components and then treat the oily solids so that they could be disposed of as per environmental regulations. The solution consisted of: 1. EC 103 "Emulsion Breaker": This was utilized to break all oil-water emulsions resulting in efficient separation of oil and water. 2. Dynamic Solid Removal and Waste Treatment System: This technology enabled the removal of ALL solids from the effluent. 3. EC 101 "Cuttings Wash": This product was used to wash the oily solids in the Waste Treatment System to reduce the retained oil levels down to environmental standards for dumping offshore or burial onshore.
The Zero Oil Flaring Treatment System was successfully employed in over 16 wells, including H2S enriched wells. No flare was lit to combust any oil.
The EC line of enzyme products is a100% water soluble, non-toxic, and non-hazardous and a non-flammable mixture of organic compounds and enzymes that form a very effective degreaser and cleaning agent. We are the sole distributor of EC products in the Caribbean and Latin America. The Ministry of Energy approves these products and they include, but are not limited to:
EC 101 - Cuttings Wash This water-based product reduces hydrocarbon contamination from 27% to 0.05%. It treats synthetic oil based mud and non-aqueous drilling fluids contamination on drill cuttings allowing immediate discharge into the ocean on offshore drilling rigs.
EC 102 - Tank Cleaner This product breaks the thickness of even the heaviest sludge, creating a temporary emulsion that breaks down to form a mixture of crude oil, water and particulates that are easily separable. This results in the easy recovery of reclaimed hydrocarbons for re-sale.
EC 103 - Emulsion Breaker This product is used for breaking three phase emulsions (drilling mud, for example) or emulsions created by varying inter-solvent valence dependencies. This allows easy separation of hydrocarbons, water, and solids.
EC 106 - Viscosity Reducer This product was designed to cut long chain hydrocarbons at specific receptor sights resulting in a permanent reduction in thickness of treated hydrocarbons, without the use of heat or crystal modifiers. This product is a water-based, enzyme product and as such does not change the chemical characteristics of the crude oil produced.
EC Paraffin and Asphaltene Dispersant This product is designed to release paraffin and asphaltene build-up in the well bore, screens, liners, down hole pumps, valves, tubing, annulus and flow lines without well intervention. This results in increased production rates and lower operating costs.
EC 300 - Heavy Duty Degreaser This product is designed to affect phase separation and the removal of extra-heavy weathered crude oil contamination.
In addition to providing environmentally friendly solutions to the oil industry, we work closely with our clients to find the right solutions for their needs. Before any work begins we thoroughly investigate and discuss the problem with our clients. We offer solutions that work specifically for them and address their long-term needs. An early discovery of the problem leads to identifying the best possible solutions. This not only allows the team to gain a deeper insight into our clients needs but also deepens our knowledge of the industry. We develop a number of our own products that are supplied in the Greater Caribbean and the Middle East. Our multicultural team of experts are constantly looking for new solutions that others have not discovered. This innovative approach allows Earth to be an inspiring leader in the industry.
Production and distribution of effective degreasers and cleaning agents.
Our waste management, consulting and planning are designed for the treatment and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous industrial and petrochemical waste as well as recycling services for most materials including:
Waste recycling & remedial services
Waste management, consulting and planning.
Hydrocarbon contaminated waste removal
We treat and remove waste that can potentially cause contamination such as drill cuttings, contaminated soils, base sediments, produced water, drilling fluids and waste oil.
Hazardous waste removal
Using the latest technology, we treat and or remove hazardous waste such as Barite and Bentonite, Acids and Alkalis, Spent chemicals, Asbestos, Paint cans and Brushes.
We are able to incinerate materials and substances without adverse effects to the environment such as hydrocarbon based fluids, oil-contaminated absorbent pads, rags, vegetation, booms and socks.
To reduce the waste stream by up to 80%, we remove all recyclable materials such as fluorescent bulbs, aerosol cans, computers, electronics and tyre web.
Any non-hazardous waste that cannot be treated using the above processes (white waste, plastics) can be sent to an approved landfill facility.
Our units separate immiscible liquids without high chemical overheads and zero impact to the environment.
Earth designs, manufactures and supplies pollution control equipment that are specific to the control and clean up of oil spills.
Pit lining is offered as an additional service to onshore drilling rigs in association with the Cuttings Wash Treatment System. The polyethylene lining of the drilling pit ensures that all drilling fluids remain separated from the surrounding area.
Waste Treatment Systems
Wastewater Treatment Systems (Electro-coagulation)
This technology affects a wide range of contaminants at high concentrations without generating hazardous sludge or residue that requires further treatment. The electro-coagulation process marketed by Earth is based on responses of water contaminants to strong electric fields and electrically induced oxidation and reduction reactions. Ninety-nine percent of heavy metal cat-ions and microorganisms in the water are removed. Precipitation of charged colloids and significant amounts of other ions, colloids and emulsions are also treated.
Zero Oil Flaring Treatment System
This system is used as part of the operations on a producing oil well to restore or increase production. This treatment system treats the flow back well effluent such that solids and water are separated and treated to the desired specification for overboard discharge, achieving zero oil flaring in the process.
Heavy Oil Exploration System
This system focuses on the smooth flow of the recovered Heavy Crude Oil during exploration in order to achieve 100% efficient flaring (complete combustion) of flow-back well effluent.
Drill Cuttings Wash Treatment System
An innovative system that has a small footprint and is easy to install, it is able to remove Oil Retained on Cuttings (ROC) to the level specified by international environmental regulations. The treated Drill Cuttings and Effluent are both safe to discharge either INLAND or in the OCEAN. The system also ensures no drilling operations are interrupted due to the inability to dispose drill cuttings.
Oil Pit Remediation and Sludge Treatment System
This unique treatment system is the first of its kind to simultaneously recover oil and treat the oily solids within a pit, bringing the Total Oil and Grease (TOG) value of the solids down to the desired level as per international environmental regulations. The treated solids pose no environmental hazard and can be returned to the environment (backfilled).