Rapid deployment spill containments are one of the best ways to protect the environment and save money at the same time.
We have been making these for the local division of Baker Hughes (an oil and gas service company) for 5 years now. They have saved thousands of dollars by avoiding environmental cleanups. We are hoping that they will go companywide with this idea.
Please have a look at this demo video we put together.
We left some questions unanswered in the video, and so I am going to address them now.
Cost around 500.00 see the industrial price list for this 180 gal and a 300 gallon option.
Clean up of the spill containment will vary depending on the location, but in our area of the oil patch the cleanup costs about 120.00 and to re fit the unit for another round of duty will cost another 160.00. Therefore there is a little saving in using them twice or possibly 3 times. WORD OF CAUTION: If petroleum products are allowed to stay in contact with the coated fabric for a long period of time it can cause the fabric to become brittle. When we repack them, we may decide that they are now out of commission. Regardless the used spill containment must be cleaned by professionals who specialize in this sort of work. There is a bright side to all of this. 180 gallons of diesel or hydraulic fluid can be recovered. That alone can save enough money to make this all worthwhile.
We would also like to recommend that once the unit is deployed, that the spill not be left alone. In the unit there is a rapid CO2 inflation cartridge. That CO2 cylinder will not inflate the unit at -40 F, because that is the temp that CO2 turns solid. Hopefully there is a hot thermos of coffee nearby that will heat the cylinder up. It is possible that the plastic will actually crack at those cold temps. The alternative to not trying is a large environmental cost, so give it a go anyway. what do you have to loose. If that does not work, and there is compressed air on the rig, there is an alternate Schrader (tire valve) valve that can be used to inflate, or top off if necessary.
We also supply 2 absorbent snakes to help with the immediate area around the containment. These are there just in case there is some over flow or the containment is not perfectly level. The main idea is to keep fluids off the ground and minimize damage.
Inflation at altitude:
We have tested this fabric to very high pressures. We double seal all seams. We have calculated that these diameter tubes will burst above 50 psi. Yet the CO2 cylinder will put the unit at 6 psi in Aztec NM (5000 ft. elevation) and at 4 psi at sea level. We test inflation for 1 day before completing the system.
This image shows the main parts of the containment. Top left corner is the inflatable manifold, (jerk to inflate pull tab) that serves as the inlet for the CO2. On the upper right are the handles used to place the inflatable under the leak. In the bottom right corner is a Schrader (tire) valve for emergency inflation if necessary, and for a backup. This is also how the unit is deflated. The tire stem is removed to allow the air to come out of the inflatable. At the bottom are 2 Snakes (absorbent material) that help soak up fluid that sloshes out of the containment, or for immediate catchment of diesel BEFORE it leaves the asphalt and gets into the ground.
Containments in the bag ready to be picked up.
A close-up of the bag closure.
The original containment (note it only has 2 handles today) being filled with water so one can see how the skirt is pulled upward by the buoyant force of the inflatable.
The orriginal press release about this product, because I still may have forgotten something
The destruction test of a 33 inch diameter inflatable at 23 psi At Brigham Young University. No seams were destroyed. this was a hydrostatic test.
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