Vedbaek – Denmark


The site is located at LINDEVANGSVEJ 8, DK 2950 Vedbaek, Denmark. It is a private house located in a residential area, north of Copenhagen. Contamination is partially located by the house under the terrace and mainly in the garden.

Project Description

The target zone is contaminated with mineral oil (C10-C40). The estimation of the diesel amount present in soil are 12000 to 15000 liters and its total mass is estimated to 10800 kg. The soil analysis results showed that the average concentration is close to 1000 mg/ kg DM (dry matters) with a maximum concentration of 22000 mg/kg DM.

On this project, the pollutant vapours and gases were directly reinjected into the burners (reburn) so no conedensed products were collected during treatment.

For technical reasons, it was decided to treat all the contaminated zone through two batches. As most the groundwater is located below the contaminated zone, the ground- water has not been lowered. The image below summarizes the sampling drills locations on site (aerial view with sampling points).


Monitoring gases from vapor tubes has been realized on the batch 1 and the batch 2 on the 21/03 and 29/03 for the first batch and the 19/06 and 22/06 for the second batch. The vapor tubes sampling was performed by an activated carbons filter and analyzed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry laboratory method.

Analytical Results

The graph below depicts the concentrations of HCT and benzene on batch 1 and batch 2 over time. An increase of concentration of benzene was observed over time in exchange of a decrease of concentration of total hydrocarbons.

The end of treatment on the batch 1 was on 31/03/2017 and 28/06/2017 for the batch 2. The sampling drills locations are shown in Figure 1. The target treatment level on batch 1 is 8 m up to 10 m and for the batch 2 is 10 m. To obtain these levels, drills have an average depth of 14.5 m on the first batch and an average of 13.2 m on the second one.

In soil samples from KB1, KB2, KB3, KB5, KB10 and KB11 concentrations are well below the quality criterion of 100 mg/kg of dry matters. For the vast majority of the samples, total hydrocarbons are below the detection limit. The Benzen, Tuolen, Ethylnenzen and Xylene concentration are below the detection limit.

Once the first batch treatment was stopped. The soil being sufficiently heated, the humidity coefficient is substantially decreased engendering thereafter the permeability parameter increasing, producing a capillarity rise phenomenon at a later stage. This process is known as sponge phenomenon. Comparing to the initial total volume in soil estimated to 12000 liters (close to 1000 mg/kg DM with a maximum concentration of 22000 mg/ kg DM), The total mass of pollutant into soil was estimated at 10800 kg. The remaining residual concentration estimated to 9,75 kg highlight a 99 % of allowance level.

Key Data

TH: C10-C40

Max. Concentration
22.000 mg/kg DM

Batch 1: 2400 m³

Batch 2: 3857 m³

10.137 Tons

Nb of Heating Tubes
57 + 69 (L: 2m)

Temperature Target

Heating Duration

Batch 1: 69 days

Batch 2: 65 days

Treatment Targets
<100 mg/kg DM

Vedbaek – Denmark

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