Cleanup of offshore emulsion spill, an experimental approach

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Abstract

An emulsion leak during offshore oil production operations is a real problem facing the oil industry. No work has been reported in the literature covering a technique for offshore emulsion spill cleanup. A vacuum collection system was used in this project to study the possibility of mechanical removal of emulsion spills. The system consists of sea water unit, emulsioncollecting system, vacuum unit, and air distributors. A number of operating parameters were tested such as air flow rate 0.0167×103-0.15×10 3 m3/sec), emulsion spill thickness (0.6-3.5 mm), the height of water column in the emulsion removal system (0.40-0.85 m), and the collection unit hole size and density. The system has been tested before for the oil spill and found to be simple, fast cleaning process, efficient with minimum cost. The results of this study indicated that hole density in the collection unit has an affect on the emulsion cleanup process; and increasing the air flow rate increases the amount of emulsion removed from the system until a certain rate at which the opposed effect was observed, i.e. the studied system exhibited an optimum air flow rate for the collection of emulsion. In addition to that, the height of the water column has an effect on the cleaning process, an optimum water column height is needed to be determined for any designed emulsion removal system similar to the system used in this study.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSociety of Petroleum Engineers - 9th International Conference on Health, Safety and Environment in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production 2008 - "In Search of Sustainable Excellence"
PublisherSociety of Petroleum Engineers
Pages15-24
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781605601663
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event9th International Conference on Health, Safety and Environment in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production 2008 - "In Search of Sustainable Excellence" - Nice, France
Duration: Apr 15 2008Apr 17 2008

Publication series

NameSociety of Petroleum Engineers - 9th International Conference on Health, Safety and Environment in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production 2008 - "In Search of Sustainable Excellence"
Volume1

Other

Other9th International Conference on Health, Safety and Environment in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production 2008 - "In Search of Sustainable Excellence"
Country/TerritoryFrance
CityNice
Period4/15/084/17/08

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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