THE USE OF FLOATING ABSORBENTS AND GELLING TECHNIQUES FOR COMBATING OIL SPILLS ON WATER

This paper considers criteria for the use of floating absorbents: supply, storage, transportation, application, harvesting and disposal. Reported experience with individual absorbents is reviewed. A summary table rates absorbents from this information, including the problematical cost aspect. Straw, a branded perlite (Ekoperl), and polyurethane foam chips emerge as having proved successful in practice, though for circumscribed applications. Improved techniques and machinery are unlikely ever to be more than a peripheral answer for spills at sea. Procedures for gelling oil in tanks and on the water have been tested on a small scale, but operating difficulties and cost present insuperable obstacles to full-scale use, as far as can be seen at present. /Author/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Institute of Petroleum

    61 New Cavendish Street
    London W1M 8AR,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Fuller, H I
  • Publication Date: 1971-1

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  • Accession Number: 00072643
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 9 1975 12:00AM