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Journal of Chemistry
Volume 2019, Article ID 6292509, 9 pages
Research Article

Electrochemical Corrosion Prevention in Oilfield Wastewater for Effective Dissolved Oxygen Removal Using a Novel Upflow Bioelectrochemical System

Petroleum Engineering Technology Research Institute, Jiangsu Oilfield, Yangzhou 225009, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Weilin Wu; moc.ceponis@tysj.niliewuw

Received 18 December 2018; Revised 10 April 2019; Accepted 20 May 2019; Published 27 June 2019

Academic Editor: Wenshan Guo

Copyright © 2019 Weilin Wu. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Towards the corrosion issues of oilfield wastewater for water recycling, the dissolved oxygen (DO) is a subsequent corrosive factor after the air desulfurization tower for high-efficiency removal of sulfides. However, an in situ biological technology for efficient DO removal has not been well developed by using organics in oilfield wastewater. A novel upflow bioelectrocatalytic system assembled with three electrodes (cathode-anode-cathode) was designed in this study, in which waste organic matter of oil wastewater was degraded by a bioanode for electron production and dissolved oxygen was efficiently reduced by a biocathode under an assistant external voltage. The results showed that the average current was kept over 6 mA by applying a fixed voltage of 0.8 V to treat oil wastewater with DO as high as 3–5 mg/L. The bottom cathode contributed the largest to DO removal rate, reaching 67%; contribution of the middle anode and the upper cathode for DO removal was 11% and 9%, respectively. The whole DO removal rate by the bioelectrocatalytic system was up to about 90%, and the effluent DO was reduced to below 0.6 mg/L by removing 40–50% COD.