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Elastec drum skimmers mobilized in South American spill

Ecuador’s second largest oil pipeline ruptured in February polluting large areas of the Santa Rosa River in the lush Amazon jungle. The rupture shut down the flow of crude to a Pacific port in the city of Esmeraldas. The OCP pipeline pumps around 130,000 barrels of heavy crude per day. A wide range of response equipment was put into operation including Elastec drum skimmers. Access to the spill site is very difficult through dense jungle terrain – most of the equipment had to be hand carried. Responders appreciated the lightweight design of the Elastec drum skimmer. The open channels inside the skimmer allow the operator to easily remove any entrained debris. These skimmers are able to pick up a wide range of oils as the oil adheres to the specially constructed rotating drums. This oil is wiped off the drum on a continuous basis and collected in the sump. Tests have proven these skimmers are typically 98 percent efficient.

These skimmers can be used for emergency response as well as continuous industrial applications. Elastec manufactures a full range of oil spill response equipment including booms, skimmers, vacuum systems, pumps, dispersant systems, boats and specialized vehicles.
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