Reterro receives remediation contract for precious metals extraction

Recovered high-value metals from Texas petroleum recycler to be reused in industrial applications.

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December 14, 2015

Reterro Inc., Pleasanton, California, an emerging green remediation company that eliminates hydrocarbon and chlorinated volatile organic compound (CVOC) contamination from soil and ongoing waste streams, has announced it has received its first contract in the waste stream business. The customer is a Texas-based facility owned by what the company describes as one of the world’s most prominent recyclers of spent petroleum refinery catalysts and producers of ferroalloys.

The project involves removing benzene (a component of products derived from petroleum) from precious metals of catalytic converters.

Reterro says it brings substantial environmental and economic benefits to the location, particularly by enabling the reuse of high-value metals.

The corporate customer, which has served the oil refinery industry for several decades, employs proprietary processes to recover molybdenum, vanadium, nickel, cobalt and alumina products.

Metals recovered by Reterro’s technology from spent catalysts are used in the production of a wide range of high-purity specialty products.

“We are especially proud to be helping one of the world’s leading catalyst recyclers to maintain a sustainable facility and recover valuable metals that can have a continued productive use,” says Reterro Chief Executive Officer Ferdinand Seemann.

Reterro says its proprietary methodology features a small on-site footprint and flameless process.

The contract represents the most recent project to be managed by Reterro’s dedicated practice designed to address the expanding requirements of the oil- and gas-industry in the Texas-Oklahoma energy corridor.  Last year, Reterro formed an integrated team of engineers, project managers and customer representatives specifically to serve the Texas-Oklahoma area.  The central-U.S. corridor contains thousands of oil and gas sites related to exploration, refining, transportation and other infrastructure that serves as the backbone of the energy industry.