Microbial contamination of stored hydrocarbon fuels and its control

Christine C. Gaylarde, Fátima M. Bento, Joan Kelley
1999 Revista de Microbiologia  
The major microbial problem in the petroleum refining industry is contamination of stored products, which can lead to loss of product quality, formation of sludge and deterioration of pipework and storage tanks, both in the refinery and at the end-user. Three major classes of fuel are discussed in this article - gasoline, aviation kerosene and diesel, corresponding to increasingly heavy petroleum fractions. The fuel that presents the most serious microbiological problems is diesel. The many
more » ... iesel. The many microorganisms that have been isolated from hydrocarbon fuel systems are listed. The conditions required for microbial growth and the methods used to monitor and to control this activity are discussed. The effects of various fuel additives, including biocides, are considered.
doi:10.1590/s0001-37141999000100001 fatcat:ppyjjffkpvdt3n3xu6npmxiqwa