Biotechnology Letters

, Volume 11, Issue 5, pp 369–374 | Cite as

Anaerobic digestion of a petrochemical effluent using an anaerobic hybrid digester

  • M. T. Augoustinos
  • T. J. Britz
  • R. P. Tracey


An anaerobic hybrid reactor was used in the anaerobic treatment of an acidic petrochemical effluent. An organic loading rate of 20.04 kg COD/(m3d) at a HRT of 17 hours was obtained with a volatile fatty acid removal of 91%, and COD removal of 84%. A final reactor effluent containing 44 mg/l ammonia nitrogen and 12.3 mg/l PO4-P was produced.


Nitrogen Ammonia Organic Chemistry Bioorganic Chemistry Anaerobic Digestion 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. T. Augoustinos
    • 1
  • T. J. Britz
    • 1
  • R. P. Tracey
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of MicrobiologyUniversity of the Orange Free StateBloemfonteinSouth Africa

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