Discharge of oily wastewater imparts serious threat to the environment because of high level concentration of COD, BOD as well as oil and grease and it is difficult to treat such wastewater due to its inherent toxic and inhibitory property. A treatability study of oily wastewater (carrying petroleum) has been performed in the present work using a batch suspended growth reactor. The experiment was conducted using acclimatized suspended biomass in laboratory environment and the kinetic coefficients were determined which are immensely important for design of such reactor. The oil removal efficiency was observed to be in the range of 62.84–85.45% corresponding to average MLSS concentration range of 1,797–3,668 mg/L. Haldane kinetic model was found to be the best fitted for the biodegradation of oily wastewater with acclimatised microorganisms in the present investigation. The kinetic co-efficients including Ks, Y, kd, k and ki were calculated from the experimental data and the values were compared with published results cited by various scientists. The derived kinetic coefficients values are to be useful for understanding the dynamics of substrate utilisation with production of biomass and efficient design of biological systems and also for pilot plant investigation with real life wastewater of similar nature.


  • Biological treatment of petroleum based synthetic oily wastewater which poses inhibitory effect.

  • Determination of kinetic coefficients for aerobic treatment of such wastewater in suspended growth batch fed reactor along with performance study using Haldane's approach.

  • In the present work, oil and grease was selected as performance parameter instead of COD (which is commonly used by most of the researchers).

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