OilComm, formerly Offshore Communications, the premier annual event dedicated solely to communications in an offshore or remote inland environment, is returning to Houston, TX. OilComm 2012 Conference and Exposition will be held November 6 – 8 at the Houston Marriott Westchase.
The 2012 Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference will be held October 22-24 in Houston, Texas as originally scheduled. The reversal of the earlier decision to cancel the conference was made possible by the unequivocal and generous support of Willbros Engineers. An agreement to guarantee critical obligations involved with the conference provided the assurances to enable the Geospatial Information & Technology to conduct this year's event. Willbros will be recognized as the Conference Patron for its support.
Siemens Industry Automation Division is providing Takreer (Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Co.) with a Zimpro wet air oxidation (WAO) system to treat refinery spent caustic as part of the company’s expansion of its refinery in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, UAE. One of the advanced technologies that will help TAKREER meet environmental regulations, the WAO system will treat odorous sulphides and produce biodegradable effluent for discharge to the facility’s effluent treatment plant. The expansion project is scheduled to be complete by late 2013. The refinery expansion project will increase crude oil refining capacity by 417,000 barrels per day using the latest advanced technology for downstream processing units to produce higher quality products and to comply with UAE and international environmental standards.
H2O, Inc. introduces the Commander System, a quality monitoring system for on-site stored water. Designed to circulate, monitor, disinfect and re-mineralize potable water, the Commander System is like having a team of water quality experts on duty 24/7.
American Pollution Control Corp. (AMPOL), a leading oil spill response and total environmental solutions provider, has completed a spill containment project in Helper, Utah, announced CEO Kirk Headley.
The UVOST from Dakota Technologies is a direct-push delivered sensor that allows rapid screening of most petroleum-based light non-aqueous phase liquids (LNAPL). This tool uses laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) technology to immediately detect sub-surface contamination, without having to draw samples or wait for lab results. UVOST responds exclusively to source term NAPL, free of interference from dissolved phase hydrocarbons, and is ideal for detecting fuels, lubricants, and crude oils. The system is designed for use with all direct-push platforms such as Geoprobe, AMS PowerProbe and cone penetrometers.
Abanaki Corporation offers a DNAPL Groundwater Remediation System designed to remove high viscosity oils such as creosote from groundwater. These systems are used to remove oil contamination from existing monitoring wells.
Designed specifically for gas, oil and mining applications, DRYCO has announced the availability of their patented, explosion-proof, deep-drying XDH2000 dehumidifiers for mobile applications.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has listed Pro-Act Biotech’s OilClean bioremediation agent for oil-contaminated environments on the EPA National Contingency Plan Product Schedule. The non-invasive, innovative, and self-powered OilClean system automatically distributes oil-eating microbes, nutrients, and oxygen and features onsite and remote system management capabilities.
Abanaki Corporation offers a cost-effective way to remove hydrocarbon contamination from groundwater without pumps.
Walter Surface Technologies has officially opened its new LEED-certified world headquarters in Pointe-Claire, Quebec. “This event marks a new era in Walter’s history,” said Timothy Houghton, President and COO. “The opening of this new facility is the ultimate expression of Walter’s commitment to sustainable development.”
Adding certain types of bacteria to oilsands tailings ponds could reduce greenhouse gas emissions, make more water available for recycling and even reduce the toxicity of the ponds themselves. This according to a recent study published in the journal Chemosphere by researchers at the Schulich School of Engineering and the Faculty of Science at the University of Calgary. Previous studies showed that bacteria, known as methanogenic bacteria, participate in tailings densification – a quick process that produces methane as a byproduct.
Cherrington Inc. is the North Dakota-based manufacturer of a mobile oscillating sifting method of beach sand screening, and has developed an extremely effective and thorough method of tar ball and slab oil removal for beaches. According to the company, their equipment was used to great success in the cleanup following the Deepwater Horizon accident.Cherrington offers both self-propelled and tractor pulled beach cleaners. Both types have the same unique sifting method and allow for sand screening or the complete removal of the badly contaminated sand. Units have infinite hydraulically-controlled depth setting ability to precisely set the depth of screening, which allows for work on just the top half-inch to three-quarter-inch of a beach to minimize any negative impact. Self-propelled models are of a three wheel design and include high flotation tires and zero-turn capability. According to Cherrington, this design and method is far more effective than the alternative use of heavy construction equipment for the remediation of sand. Cherrington Inc.
Spectronics Corporation has introduced OIL-GLO 50, a fluorescent dye that glows bright red to detect even the smallest leaks in petroleum- or synthetic-based fluid systems.
In response to the U.S. invitation of offers of assistance from foreign countries to aid in cleaning up Gulf Coast, Ubifrance is organizing a delegation of French companies to visit the southern U.S. this August. About 10 companies with expertise in ocean- and land-cleaning technologies and clean energy will travel to Houston and New Orleans to meet with local authorities and oil companies, including BP, during the week of August 23, 2010. The group will include companies that have a proven track record in oil clean-up, containment and recapturing. The visit will include business meetings, site visits, and a press conference with technology demonstrations (date TBA). The list of companies and itinerary will be finalized in the coming weeks.
TIE Technologies, Inc., and Geocomp Corporation announce that BP and U.S. Coast Guard team is to make final inspection of potential site for the field deployment and testing of the OilDam in Baldwin County, Alabama. TIE Technologies' revised OilDam proposal developed in conjunction with Geocomp Corporation has undergone technical engineering review by BP's Horizon Alternative Response Technology Team. The site inspection in Weeks Bay in Baldwin County is being conducted by the BP and U.S. Coast Guard Field Technical Operations Group. Scheduled field testing will commence within eight days of the site approval. The proposed site will allow the OilDam to be deployed along a sand like sea floor, in water of approximately three to four feet in depth, in front of a tidal salt water marsh near the mouth of Weeks Bay. "The Baldwin County Alabama site provides a great opportunity for the OilDam to be deployed in a community which desperately needs its benefits, and amongst people who truly cherish the rich estuarial environment, they have been blessed with," commented Edward C. Andercheck, TIE Technologies Chairman and CEO, during his recent trip to the Gulf Coast. "It was particularly gratifying as I traveled the Gulf Coast to have every community government I visited with ask to be considered for this deployment." Baldwin County Alabama is located on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico and Mobile Bay. One of the fastest growing counties in Alabama, it has over 140,000 residents. Baldwin remains a popular destination for visitors from all over the nation and world due to its beautiful beaches, first class golf courses, recreational opportunities and healthy economy. The TIE Technologies-Geocomp team originally submitted its OilDam Emergency Containment Proposal to the EPA's Homeland Security Research Center and the U.S. Coast Guard for consideration on May 18th 2010. TIE Technologies and Geocomp are leading a team of industry experts in providing a viable solution to keep the gulf oil spill away from the gulf coast shores. These new OilDam technologies are at the foundation of the OilDam Emergency Containment Proposal, and are being patented collaboratively by TIE Technologies and Geocomp Corporation. The OilDam solution is designed to keep oil away from the shore, contain it and pump it into storage containers for recycling. At the same time, this fixed barrier blocks oil, and is ecosystem friendly by allowing water to pass back and forth through its base, maintaining tidal flows to support critical shoreline life. The system is unique in its diverse capabilities, utilizing manufacturing, fabrication and deployment techniques that have been well developed over the past 40 years.
EnSolve Biosystems, a leader in maritime bioremediation technology, has introduced a new line of products designed to facilitate cleanup of oil from shorelines, beaches, marshes and open waters.
The EnSolve ShoreClean products are designed to release concentrated levels of naturally occurring oil-degrading microbes and nutrients into the waters and beaches along the contaminated shoreline. The microbes break down the particles of oil, converting it to water and trace amounts of carbon dioxide.
“Ever since we learned of the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in April, our research teams have worked tirelessly to develop products that can have an immediate, positive effect on the effort to decontaminate the oil-soaked waters that threaten the Gulf Coast,” said Dr. Jason Caplan, CEO of EnSolve. “The ShoreClean products are derived from our proven U.S. Coast Guard-approved bioremediation technology, which has been successfully used for more than 10 years to treat ships’ oily bilge water, meeting the most stringent international clean-water standards.”
The ShoreClean products include booms and bags, which are filled with oil-consuming microbes and slow-release nutrients. When properly deployed, wave action releases the microbes and nutrients to stimulate oil degradation in the environment. The floating booms contain a natural oleophilic and hydrophobic sorbent capable of absorbing eight times its weight in oil. The microbes inside the booms break down the absorbed oil, permitting the boom to continue soaking up more oil. The bags are anchored on the beach along the tidal line and are effective for two to four weeks, after which they can easily be replaced.
“The microbes are identical to those that live naturally in the oceans of the world,” said Caplan. “They are non-pathogenic, pose no threat to workers handling the products and have no adverse affect on the environment. There are no harmful byproducts from the process.”
Caplan noted that bioremediation techniques were utilized effectively in combating the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989. EnSolve’s engineers have worked to enhance the process and speed up the oil removal.