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Department of Environment

Course for Certified Environmental Professional in the Treatment of Palm Oil Mill Effluent (CePPOMETS)

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Regulatory control over discharges from crude palm oil industry is instituted through Environmental Quality (Prescribed Premises) (Crude Palm Oil) Regulations, 1977 promulgated under the Environmental Quality Act, 1974 and enforced by the Department of Environmental (DOE). The main instrument of Pollution control is the imposition of licencing system and relevant effluent discharge standards for both land application and water course discharges.

Palm oil mill effluent (POME) is essentially a colloidal suspension – basically a mixture of sterilizer condensate, separator sludge and hydro – cyclone wastewater. Raw POME has a high organic biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) and if not properly trated could pose as a high organic pollutant. Notwithstanding of the several limitations of conventional lagoon – based effluent treatments systems such as generating large amounts of sludge and take up large land areas, they have been traditionally used for the treatment of POME. The systems are attractive due to their simplicity with relatively low operating costs, high in-situ solids storage capabilities and low operator attention requirements. Where land is available and the topography is suitable, lagoon-based systems have been the preferred secondary teratment process steps to reduce the biological and chemical constituents of POME as mainly represented by the parameters – biological oxygen demand (BOD), chemical oxygen demand (COD) and total suspended solids (TSS). New treatment technologies have had been developed to provide cost-effective treatment technologies for palm oil effluent with the approach ranging from zero waste generation to resource recovery.

The main purpose of the training course is to introduce the participants with the concept and practice of performance monitoring as a means to monitor and control effluent treatment process efficiency and to ensure that the treatment system is operating optimally and in compliance with the environmental regulations

 Entry Requirement

Candidate must possess a:

  1. Bachelors degree or higher in Science or Engineering; or
  2. Diploma in Science or Engineering with 1 year experience in POMETS operation or supervision.

 Who should attend

Industry personnel who are in charge of supervising the operation of Palm Oil Mills Effluent Treatment Systems (POMETS).

Course Methodology

  1. Lectures / Discussion
  2. Class Assignment
  3. Hands on Lab Sessions
  4. Field Training Session


At the completion of this course, the participants would be able to:

  1. To impartknowledge to the POMETS supervisors on the importance of performance monitoring of POMETS;
  2. To develop skill on the conduct of POMETS performance monitoring and evaluation of performance monitoring data.


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