Oil Skimmers Keep Fracking Operation Oil Free

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Abanaki was recently consulted about the use of oil skimmers in a fracking operation in PA. Fracking, also known has hydraulic fracturing, is a procedure widely used by natural gas drillers in which water, sand and chemicals are forced at high pressure into the ground to break up shale rock formations, thereby causing the discharge of trapped natural gas.

A typical fracture treatment normally consists of 98.0-99.5 percent water and sand while the balance is made up of chemical additives that depend on the components of the water and the shale formation being fractured. In order to fracture one producing well, millions of gallons of water are used. There has been growing concern with the disposition of the 20-40 percent of flowback that picks up other contaminants as it returns to the surface.

Our salesman, John, told the operations manager that the Model 8 oil skimmer would help remove the trace amounts of oil that was found in the wastewater before they disposed of it. Abanaki’s oil skimmers provide an environmentally responsible way of removing oil from water. Oil skimmers work by making use of the differences in specific gravity and surface tension between oil and water. These physical characteristics allow the belts to attract oil and other floating hydrocarbon liquids from the surface of the fracking wastewater. The contaminants are then scraped off the sides of the belt and discharged into a collection container. Abanaki belt oil skimmers can be used in applications as deep as 100 feet and can be operated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. An oil skimmer requires very little oversight, no maintenance, and is very cost effective due to low energy requirements.

The operations manager decided on using 4 Model 8 oil skimmers at the different wells on the site and has reported that they are working efficiently and helping to get the job done.

To learn more about how oil skimmers work in fracking applications and the different types of oil skimmers than can be used, click the photo below.


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Tube Skimmer Helps Upgrade Bearings Manufacturing Facility

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A customer that has a bearings manufacturing facility has been using our Tote-It oil skimmers for many years to remove hydrocarbons from the wastewater. The Tote-It is a portable belt oil skimmer that is designed to suit parts washers and machine center applications. And while the Tote-It was handling the job in the smaller tanks, they found that they needed something else to help clean the bigger tanks at the facility. The plant operator called up John at Abanaki for suggestions on what they could use for the larger tanks.

John went to the facility to get a better understanding of the process and what was going in to the tanks and concluded that the company could use the Oil Viper tube skimmer. The Oil Viper is a surface tube skimmer that can effectively remove hydrocarbons from wastewater tanks. The Oil Viper utlizes an oil attracting 3/4 inch tube that extends out over the surface of the tank and collects any free floating oils. The Oil Viper has a specially designed method for removing the oil from the tube. It has a unique wiper combination attached to the tube itself in addition to the ceramic wiper on the skimmer. The result is a virtually oil free tube as it leaves the surface oil skimmer for quicker oil removal. Removal rates can be as high as one hundred gallons per hour.

 

The facility tested out the Oil Viper on one of its larger tanks and were so pleased with the Viper’s efficient operation, they ordered five for the larger tanks at its facility.

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Whether it be a big or small operation, Abanaki has an oil skimmer that will remove unwanted hydrocarbons from water. Our knowledgeable sales people have years of experience in a multitude of applications that enable them to find a skimmer that will work for your application. Do you have oil in water issues? Click the photo below to find out how we can help!

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Oil Skimmer Tackles Two Issues at UK Groundwater Remediaiton Site

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When groundwater becomes contaminated it can cause all sorts of problems. It is important to remove the contaminated water as soon as possible to keep from spreading and to get the contaminants contained. Recently, a UK beverage facility had a diesel spill at part of its outdoor facility. The company had two issues to tackle with the diesel clean up. First they needed something that would not take up too much space but would still efficiently remove the oil and second, they were limited on power supplies to run the equipment. The company turned to Abanaki for a solution.

An Abanaki salesperson visited the site to better access what the company’s needs were. Once there it was clear that a Solar Powered PetroXtractor could complete the task with ease. It would tackle both of the customer’s issues; it would remove the spilled diesel and clean up the contaminated area and the solar option would also solve the limited power supply at the site.

The Abanaki PetroXtractor is a dependable and cost effective means of removing oil, fuel, and other floating hydrocarbons from water where access to the fluid surface is limited. It is part of an efficient groundwater remediation system for groundwater contaminated by oil, using existing recovery and monitoring wells. Often, the PetroXtractor Well Oil Skimmer working alone will reduce oil or fuel content to an acceptable E.P.A. level. Models are available for two inch, four inch, and six inch or larger ID well casings, with removal rates up to 12 gph (based on SEA 30 motor oil). Depths of 100 feet or more can be accommodated without the use of pumps.

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Abanaki solar options are perfect for applications where power sources are limited or nonexistent. Abanaki also offers secured enclosures that are used in situations where there is a need to keep the oil skimmer from being tampered with or in situations where the operation of oil removal equipment may be deemed unsightly. These lockable poly shelters are available in two sizes to accommodate various oil skimmer sizes and option configurations.

To find out more on how Abanaki’s oil skimmers can help your company with oil contamination spills or removal, click the photo below.

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Quick Guide: Groundwater Remediation

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With nearly 40% of the US consuming groundwater as drinking water, making sure the water that is being sourced is clean is crucial. Unfortunately, there are roughly 126,000 US sites that still need to be remediated and cleaned.

Groundwater remediation is the process of removing pollution from our water supplies and fresh drinking water. The process of cleaning up contaminated sites can range from $110-$127 billion. More cost effective than pump-and-treat systems, oil skimming removes hydrocarbon contamination from groundwater without pumps and at the lowest cost. It is the most inexpensive way to remove LNAPLs or DNAPLs oils during groundwater remediation. Abanaki oil skimmers have proven successful in thousands of applications, including in groundwater remediation systems. Oil skimmers can also be used to treat water before filtering, thus extending the lifespan of the filter. Oil skimming equipment is simple, reliable and low maintenance.

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Abanaki’s new Groundwater Remediation Infographic highlights the problems that are typically found with groundwater remediation projects and how Abanaki oil skimmers can help solve these issues.

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Groundwater remediation is the process of removing pollution from our water supplies and fresh drinking water. The process of cleaning up contaminated sites can range from $110-$127 billion. – See more at: http://www.abanaki.com/infographics/groundwater-remediation.html#sthash.0H08wRHi.dpuf
Groundwater remediation is the process of removing pollution from our water supplies and fresh drinking water. The process of cleaning up contaminated sites can range from $110-$127 billion. – See more at: http://www.abanaki.com/infographics/groundwater-remediation.html#sthash.0H08wRHi.dpuf
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Industrial Cabinets Keep Cool with ChillyBox

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Panel boxes in facilities and shops can overheat very quickly, which can damage electrical and electronic components and cause failure and unscheduled downtime on the plant floor. To help combat these common issues, Abanaki has released the ChillyBox Panel Chiller. This new addition to the coolant maintenance line uses filtered compressed air to keep the components in NEMA 4 and NEMA 12 industrial cabinets cool and maintain air quality within the enclosure.

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The ChillyBox installation is simple; the kit works with any existing control panel and includes: ChillyBox Panel Chiller, solenoid, air filter, barbed fitting nut, barbed hose fitting, a thermostat, air tubing and an air tubing plug.

For more information about this new product, click the photo below!

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Belt Materials Lead to Successful Skimming

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Click here to watch our free Oil Skimming 102 Video webinar. This online video shows you how to properly select and size a skimmer for your application.

We are constantly trying to stress to customers that not all applications are like and not all skimmers are alike. There are so many variables that can make an application unique and fine attention to those variables is needed in order to properly select an oil skimmer to assist in removing the oil from the wastewater.

Selecting the right belt material is just as important as selecting the right skimmer. You might choose the right skimmer but the wrong belt type and the skimmer will not work correctly to solve your oil in water problem. It is crucial that things like pH, temperature, and oil type are considered when selecting a skimmer AND a belt type.

This video demonstrates how choosing the right belt material makes all of the difference. The Fuzzy belt does a better job at picking up the hydrocarbon than the standard belt on the right. Had a customer not chosen the right belt, the oil clean up would have taken much longer, and just not been as effective as initially thought.

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Abanaki has a variety of belt materials that work on many of the different skimmers we offer. It’s always best to consult a sales rep to best determine the type of belt that is right for your application.

You can download our Oil Skimmer Belt Selection Guidebook or request an oil skimmer test kit to see if your oil picks up! Click the photo below for more information.

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Machine Shop Finally Keeps Coolant Clean

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A machine shop outside of the US was having difficulty keeping its coolant clean. The shop owners were continuously getting tramp cutting oil in the coolant reservoir, despite the efforts made to prevent that from happening. Coolant is costly to replace and dirty coolant has to be changed out regularly. If dirty coolant is kept in a machining process, numerous things will start to go wrong. First, a foul rotten-egg odor will develop due to bacterial buildup in the coolant. Another problem that most machine shop operators are more than aware of is the cost of buying and disposing of coolant. Dirty coolant can also cause health problems for those that work around or with it. All in all, dirty coolant is an expensive and hazardous problem to have.

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This customer wanted to fix its coolant troubles as soon as possible and contacted Abanaki corporation for assistance. Abanaki suggested the facility utilize a Mighty Mini Oil Skimmer in its tank to help remove the tramp cutting oil from the coolant. Within the first five hours of operating the Mighty Mini in the tank, the shop operators were able to remove up to 6 liters of oil from the machine. Removing the oil left them with clean coolant they could reuse and help them eliminate the need of having disposal costs. The shop operators and shop owners were “completely convinced in the reliability of the [Abanaki] product.”

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The Mighty Mini is the ideal solution to unwanted oil in coolants and parts washers therefore extending the life of coolant and wash water! This oil skimmer can remove 1 to 2 gallons of medium weight oil per hour. Its stainless steel construction enables it to operate in harsh chemicals and heat while its integrated timer lets it run only when needed. The Mighty Mini Oil Skimmer is designed to minimize water content in the disposed oil; however the optional Oil Concentrator® will further reduce the water content in the oil to less than 2%. This provides tremendous cost saving if the oil is to be recycled or disposed. It is compact making efficient use of available space… it fits underneath most CNC machines as well as inside parts washers. The small footprint even allows the Mighty Mini SST Oil Skimmer to fit through the bung hole of a 55 gallon drum! With belts specifically selected for your application available in lengths of 6, 12, 18 and 24″, this Oil Skimmer has endless application possibilities.

To learn how the Mighty Mini can save your shop money on disposal costs, click the photo below.

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New Coolant Maintenance Product

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Abanaki has a new addition to its extensive coolant maintenance line. The new Coolescer with ChipStop Filter is an ideal solution for machine shops. The Coolescer with ChipStop Filter will extend coolant life, reduce disposal costs, minimize down time, improve tool life, and help prevent dermatitis.

The Coolescer makes it easy to make coolant last longer and reduce disposal costs for any shop.The Coolescer pumps the top ¼” layer of coolant and oil through a coalescing cartridge where the oil is separated from the coolant. The separated oil is removed via the oil discharge valve, and the cleaned coolant is aerated and pumped back to the coolant sump.

The durable plastic unit removes oil from areas where conventional skimmers won’t fit. It takes the place of a skimmer and aeration system in a smaller, compact and portable package. It features leak-proof fittings, a crush-resistant hose, a self-contained system, and a coalescing cartridge that will never need to be replaced. With the new ChipStop Filter, all metal shavings or particulate that are generated in the machining process will get collected during the filtration process, leaving the shop with clean, reusable coolant.

For more information on the new Coolescer with ChipStop filter, click the photo below.

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Customers Oil Skimming Requests Lead to New Products

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We are always trying to develop new and better oil skimming technologies at Abanaki. We have a few new coolant maintenance products that will be announced late this year and early next year that we are eager for our customers to start using.

There have been a few Abanaki products that have been created due to the demands of customers. When customers need a customized oil skimming tool, they come to us and we create it. One of these examples is our MatBuster for the GreaseGrabber.

The MatBuster is a solution to the problem of unskimmable matted grease in wastewater pits that churns the water surface and breaks up matted grease, so the oil skimmer can operate more effectively. MatBuster has a zero maintenance design, consisting of stainless steel blades that mount to the tail pulley of the Grease Grabber. No separate motor or other moving parts are required. The MatBuster uses the energy created by the Grease Grabber’s moving belt to ‘chop’ the grease mat into easily removable chunks. To see how it operates, watch the instructional animated video:

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This simple innovation is important to managers of steel or food production plants, where sometimes a thick layer of grease forms on the water in wastewater pits and sumps. Oil skimming makes use of differences in specific gravity and surface tension to separate oil from water. Floating matted grease, therefore, can interfere with oil skimmers used to cost-effectively reduce wastewater disposal costs and help meet government requirements for water discharge.

To learn more about the MatBuster or any of our oil skimming solutions, click the photo below.

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Groundwater Remediation Issues Solved with Oil Skimmers

More cost effective than pump-and-treat systems, oil skimming removes hydrocarbon

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Click here to receive a copy of our Solutions Sourcebook. This 43-page handbook offers application notes on more than 40 real-world implementations of oil skimming.

contamination from groundwater without pumps and at the lowest cost. It is the most inexpensive way to remove LNAPLs or DNAPLs oils during groundwater remediation. Abanaki oil skimmers have proven successful in thousands of applications, including in groundwater remediation systems.

Oil skimmers can also be used to treat water before filtering, thus extending the lifespan of the filter. Oil skimming equipment is simple, reliable and low maintenance.

Abanaki offers a variety of groundwater remediation solutions. The award winning Petroxtractor, the Oil Grabber Model 8, and the Oil Viper Tube Skimmer are all outstanding solutions to removing unwanted hydrocarbons from groundwater.

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To learn more about how Abanaki oil skimmers can solve your groundwater remediation issues, click the photo below.

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