Post Spill Remediation: Kerosene Spill


Spill Response Wales was retained by a leading UK Loss Adjuster to assist with a kerosene leak at a domestic residence. The response was delivered in three key stages:

  • Initial Emergency Response to stem the flow of the leak and recover spilled product (response undertaken within 2 hours of call out);
  • Investigation Works to identify the nature and extent of the release and to complete a preliminary risk assessment; and
  • Remediation Works to excavate / treat impacted soils and to mitigate the identified risks.

In order to fully manage the overall package of works, a temporary fuel supply was installed at the site to ensure that the resident had continuous source of heating, prior to the completion of all remediation measures.

Work Scope

Initial response works at the site comprised identifying the source of the leak and stemming further flow, recovery of spilled product and additional monitoring and investigation work, including examination of drains and adjacent properties, together with both external and internal vapour monitoring.

Investigation works comprised window sampling, hand excavation works, field screening and analysis of soils to determine the concentrations of hydrocarbons in shallow soils. The preliminary risk assessment identified potential risks to human health and building fabric which required further mitigation action.

Remediation works comprised the removal of relict fuel storage infrastructure and the hand excavation and disposal of kerosene impacted soils to a suitably licensed facility. Upon completion, residual hydrocarbon concentrations were treated using Chemical Oxidation, prior to backfill and restoration works.


Spill Response Wales provided rapid response, assessment and remediation services following a spill of kerosene at a residential dwelling. All works were completed in-house, within a fixed budget and delivered inside an agreed timescale. Disruption to the resident was minimal, with Spill Response Wales managing all aspects of the project including the restoration of normal fuel supplies.

Time Frame

All works were completed during July and August 2010.

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