OFFSHORE OIL & GAS
Oil Spill and Prevention
Offshore Oil & Gas fields are looking to advances in engineering and
technology to meet the challenges of offshore exploration, drilling, and
production. New offshore oil & gas exploration and production efforts
are being deployed globally with many occurring in South America,
Africa, Southeast Asia, and Europe. Produced water is still a complex
undertaking often requiring secondary and tertiary polishing depending
on the well depth, organics present, formation characteristics, production
techniques, shut-ins, and chemical additives.
Technology: AbTech’s Smart Sponge technology is at the heart of its
product innovation. Its unique molecular structure is based on innovative
polymer technologies that are chemically selective to hydrocarbons and
can reduce bacteria levels. Smart Sponge fully encapsulates recovered
oil, resulting in a substantially more effective response that prevents
absorbed oil from leaching. It is also capable of removing low levels of oil
from water, thereby successfully removing sheen. In addition, the Smart
Sponge® remains buoyant in calm or agitated water, permitting it to remain
in place until fully saturated and resulting in no wasted product.
Performance: Smart Sponge meets all regulatory discharge requirements down
to less than 10 ppm oil in water and also removes sheen. The technology boasts
high hydrocarbon removal efficiency and absorption capability. The unique polymer
technology also allows the media to be shaped into any shape or size based on the application’s needs.
Products incorporating Smart Sponge technology are non- mechanical, do not require structural changes to stormwater systems and are easily installed and maintained. Products such as the Ultra-Urban Filter with Smart Sponge® fit into most existing catch basins. The Smart Sponge technology is deployed in products that offer customized solutions for stormwater pollution prevention, oil spill response, process water filtration and other industrial applications to meet specific environmental needs.
AbTech Industries offers an extensive product line that is upgradeable to meet evolving community needs and regulatory requirements.
Chemically selective to hydrocarbons
Capable of removing up to 3 times its own weight in hydrocarbons
Removes or reduces sheen
Does not leak or leech
Registered with the EPA (EPA Registration #86256-1)
Capable of transforming hydrocarbons into a stable solid per EPA’s Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP)
Capable of remaining completely buoyant after being saturated with hydrocarbons
Meets or exceeds Best Management Practices (BMP)
Does not require modification of existing structures
Effective in fresh or salt water temperatures ranging from 32F to 130F
As local conditions, product use, and exposure can vary widely, the end user must determine the most appropriate disposal method for a spent Smart Sponge or Smart Sponge Plus product. However Smart Sponge samples saturated with hydrocarbons both in the lab and in the field have been tested according to the EPA’s Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (“TCLP”). These tests show that Smart Sponge is a “non-leaching” (i.e., non-detect or “N.D.”) product. As a result, Smart Sponge technology can afford many cost effective and environmentally friendly disposal options. The following waste disposal and resource recovery industries have accepted spent Smart Sponge® products for disposal and/or recycling.
Waste-to-Energy Facilities - A specialized segment of the solid waste industry has used spent Smart Sponge as an alternative fuel in the production of electricity. WTE is acknowledged at the federal level as a renewable energy source under the Federal Power Act, Title IV of the Clean Air Act and is a participant in the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Program.
Cement Kilns - This industry has used the spent Smart Sponge as an alternative fuel in the production process of Portland Cement. This process is considered a beneficial reuse of waste products. The BTU value of spent Smart Sponge is consistently above the average acceptable levels set for this high temperature.
Landfills - As discussed above, spent Smart Sponge products have been classified as a solid waste and have been accepted at Subtitle D Landfills