Oxygen Release Compound (ORC)

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Oxygen Release Compound (ORC)

Oxygen Release Compound (ORC) is a proprietary formulation of phosphate-intercalated magnesium peroxide that, when hydrated, produces a controlled release of oxygen for periods of up to 12 months on a single application.



To supply controlled-release molecular oxygen to the subsurface environment where it will accelerate the rate of naturally occurring aerobic contaminant biodegradation in groundwater and saturated soils for periods of up to 12 months on a single application.



Original ORC is typically applied using direct-injection techniques. This process requires ORC to be mixed with water to form an injectable slurry which is then pressure injected (using a pump) into the zone of contamination. Once in the aquifer, tiny ORC particles can sorb to and/or reside in the soil matrix and produce a controlled- release of oxygen for periods of up to 12 months.

Original ORC is also widely used in tank excavation applications where it is applied into the open pit and covered with backfill.

Original ORC is also available in 2', 4' and 6' filter socks that can be emplaced in wells and removed when exhausted. Upon removal the spent socks can be replaced to restore the oxygen supply and maintain aerobic biodegradation as needed.

Product Specifications

  • A white, powdery material less than 10 microns in diameter
  • Composition - Magnesium Peroxide (MgO2)
  • Non-hazardous, food grade product
  • Intercalated design allows for slow-release of oxygen without 'lock-up'
  • Releases 10% of its weight as oxygen when hydrated
  • By-product is 'Milk of magnesia' or Mg(OH)2 a common antacid formula
  • Packaged and delivered in 30 lb. PVC buckets
  • (See detailed MSDS for full product specifications)
  • Expected shelf-life of material = 2.5 years

Benefits of Use

  • Controlled-release of molecular oxygen to support aerobic microbial biodegradation
  • Long-term source of oxygen to the subsurface (up to 12 months)
  • Clean, low-cost, non-disruptive application (direct-push, excavations or socks)
  • Direct Injection not limited by presence of surface structures
  • No Operations and Maintenance
  • Faster and often lower cost than drawn out natural attenuation approaches
  • Complimentary product application design and site analysis from Regenesis

Field Applications

  • Injectable slurry for source area and permeable reactive barrier applications (most common)
  • ORC and water mixture (slurry) application in excavations
  • Dry powder application in soils and excavations
  • Replaceable filter socks for single well and barrier applications

By-Products: 'Milk of magnesia' or Mg(OH)2 a common antacid formula

Application Considerations

  • Existing aerobic or anaerobic conditions
  • Contaminant type and mass
  • Subsurface geology (distribution)
  • Depth to groundwater
  • Groundwater flow rates
  • Competing electron acceptors (oxygen sinks)
  • Free product (if present call Regenesis tech services to discuss options)
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Enhanced aerobic biodegradation for the soil and groundwater industry

Enhanced aerobic biodegradation is the practice of adding oxygen (an electron acceptor) to groundwater and/or soil to increase the number and vitality of indigenous microorganisms performing biodegradation.



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