Ukrainian oil field NORM contamination examined

Nikolay E. Zhuravel SVNC Intellect-Service Ltd. Kharkov, Ukraine A water-supply well was found to be a significant contributor to some of the high radiation levels of mineral scales found in oil well tubulars in northeastern Ukraine. In other cases the radiation was linked to lithological and geochemical properties of the aquifers in this area. The aquifer rocks are the source for the chemicals that form mineral deposits. In particular, the presence of uranium-bituminous aggregates determines the radiation levels and isotopic composition of mineral scale inside pipe. In the Dnieper-Donets basin, uranium-bituminous aggregates are related predominantly to...

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