PetroXtractor® Well Oil Skimmer


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Oil Skimmer for Wells and Other Small Openings with Large Vertical Drops

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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 acts efficiently as remediation equipment 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.

The PetroXtractor is a well oil skimmer that makes use of the differences in specific gravity and surface tension between oil and water. These physical characteristics allow the unit’s continuous belt to attract floating oil in the well. After picking up the oil, the belt travels over the head pulley on the drive unit and through tandem wiper blades. The oil is then scraped off both sides of the belt and discharged through a 1-1/4″ ID hose. The unique bearing-less design of the tail pulley (immersed in the well water) with its tethered frame allows it to perform three important functions: it keeps proper tension on the belt, prevents accidental loss down the well, and keeps the belt centered in the casing.

The PetroXtractor Well Oil Skimmer can be installed in existing wells by mounting it on a flat surface above the well casing. Oil Skimmer operation consists of merely lowering the belt and tail pulley into the casing until the pulley is fully immersed, placing the discharge hose in a container, and switching the unit on.

  • Ideal for removal of floating oil and other hydrocarbon liquids from
    existing remediation or monitoring wells
  • Can be installed in well casings as small as 2 in. ID
  • Elevates skimmed oil 100 feet or more for discharge into 55 gal drum
  • Removes up to 12 gph of oil from water

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Abanaki PetroXtractor for groundwater remediation

Belt Oil Skimmer Advantages

  • Allows existing monitoring wells to be used as recovery wells
  • Portable can be easily hand-carried from site to site
  • A single unit separates oil and elevates it up to 100 feet without a pump
  • Skims very little water (unlike other skimmers and torpedo pumps)
  • Maintains skimming efficiency with fluctuating water level
  • Tail pulley is tethered to the frame to prevent accidental loss of belt and
  • tail pulley in the well casing
  • Easy mounting, fast cleaning with minimal maintenance
  • Belt materials to fit any application

Rugged Construction For Harsh Conditions: The PetroXtractor will provide for many years of trouble-free service. Belts are specifically selected for your application (see Belt Selection page). A tough power train keeps the PetroXtractor running under the most severe conditions. With the proper configuration, the PetroXtractor can handle liquid temperatures up to 180 °F, and the pH of the fluid can range from 3 to 13.

Belt Oil Skimmer Applications

The PetroXtractor is designed for those applications that have a limited access area and a deep drop between the mounting surface and the surface of the liquid. The unit can be used anywhere, even where no electric power or compressed air is available. Explosion proof and pneumatic motors are available for areas where combustible fumes may be present. Vapor-tight models can also enhance the explosion proof properties of the unit.
  • Groundwater monitoring wells
  • Recovery wells
  • Underground tanks

Belt Oil Skimmer Features

  • Small mounting and operating area
  • Chip resistant-powder coated finish
  • Customized belt lengths and materials
  • Easily mounted on flat surface
  • Belt and wipers impervious to oils and fuels
  • Weighted and tethered tail pulley
  • Fast cleaning with minimal maintenance
  • Can be customized to application needs

New! See our Groundwater Remediation Systems and Transfer Packages.

PetroXtractor Underground Systems

All units can be built Explosion Proof, Vapor-Tight or Standard. Size of transfer pump is dependent on product, run to AST and grade differential.

Explosion Proof Groundwater Remediation Systems

Non-XP, Vapor-Tight This unit features:
  • Fully automated controls
  • Product transfer capability
  • Above grade monitoring
  • Remote disconnect

Light Fuel Oil Groundwater Remediation System

Explosion Proof This unit features:
  • Fits in shallow vault (2.5'deep)
  • Fully automated controls
  • Product transfer capability
  • Complete 'in vault' controls

Abanaki Groundwater Remediation Systems

Standard This unit features:
  • Fits in narrow vault (3'dia)
  • Fully automated controls
  • Product transfer capability
  • Complete 'in vault' controls

Solar Powered PetroXtractor Belt Oil Skimmer

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Specifications for Belt Oil Skimmers

Oil Removal Rate:Model PX-A: 3 gph (11 lph) with 1 in.(2.5 cm) wide belt Model PX-B: 6 gph (23 lph) with 2 in.(5 cm) wide belt Model PX-C:12 gph (45 lph) with 4 in.(10 cm) wide belt (Removal rate is based on 30 weight oil in water.)
Motor:Fractional hp TEFC, 115VAC, single phase, 60 Hz gear motor, including 8 foot cord with electrical plug Optional: 50 Hz; 3-phase; explosion proof; 12VDC; and pneumatic
Belt Width (Specify):PX-A (1 in. (2.5 cm) for 2 in. (5 cm) ID casing PX-B (2 in. (5 cm)) for 4 in. (10 cm) ID casing PX-C (4 in. (10 cm)) for 6 in. (15 cm) ID casing
Belt Length:User specified (up to 100', measured from the center of head pulley to center of tail pulley)
Belt Material:Specifically selected for your application (see Belt Selection page)
Wiper Material:Ceramic/UHMW Hybrid standard, Optional: Nitrile, CRV rubber and Stainless steel
Mounting Method:Flat base mount with oil discharge through a 1-1/4 in. (3.1cm) ID hose
Mounting Area:Installation drawing coming soon.
Weights:Complete assembly without tail pulley or belt: Model PX-A: 30 lbs. (13.6 Kg.) Model PX-B: 31 lbs. (14 Kg.) Model PX-C: 38 lbs. (17 Kg.) PX-A Tail pulley: 2 lbs. ( 1.3 Kg.) PX-B Tail Pulley: 3 lbs. ( 2.7 Kg.) PX-C Tail Pulley: 4.5 lbs. (4.1 Kg.)PX-A, 1 in. x 5 ft (1.5m) polymer belt: 0.55 lbs.(0.25 Kg.) PX-B, 2 in. x 5 ft (1.5m) polymer belt: 1.1 lbs. (0.5 Kg.) PX-C, 4 in. x 5 ft (1.5m) polymer belt: 2.2 lbs. (1.0 Kg.) (Belt weight varies according to actual length specified.)
Mounting Area:Installation drawing coming soon.
Options (Specify):
  • Above-ground mounting stand
  • Below grade mounting kit with reservoir and mounting bracket; transfer pump optional
  • Stainless steel construction
  • On-Off float switch to fit 3/4 in.(1.8 cm) bung of discharge drum
  • Oil Concentrator™ for virtually water-free oil discharge. (See back page.)
  • Reinforced poly-shelters for durable protection of skimmer in outside applications
  • 24 hour timer to start/stop PetroXtractor at specified intervals
Mounting Area:Installation drawing coming soon.
Standard Configuration:The Abanaki PetroXtractor is supplied with a head pulley guard, adjustable wiper blade assembly, skimmer belt, tail pulley, fractional hp, 110VAC, 60 Hz gear motor, and assembly/maintence instructions.
Specification Notes:
  • The PetroXtractor is UPS shippable.
  • Consult factory for recommendations covering operating condictions not listed here.

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