Kevin Costner’s Oil-Separating Machines Big Hit With BP

June 26, 2010


6 Responses to “Kevin Costner’s Oil-Separating Machines Big Hit With BP”

  1. mblt on June 26th, 2010 11:58 pm

    Hope is on the way! Kevin, I commend you for your patience all these years, I have been reading about your machine since you got the patent 15 years ago:)

  2. herman ward on June 27th, 2010 2:29 pm

    so how many of the 32 ordered are in place skimming oil? If any are in place, how much oil is actually being recovered?

  3. Brad on June 28th, 2010 3:06 am

    If you build it, it will clean lots of oil.

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  5. ananair on July 4th, 2010 12:49 pm

    “..He added that Costner’s device has proved effective at processing 128,000 barrels of water a day, which “can make a real difference to our spill response efforts.””

    Is that for one device or does it refer to “…And the beleaguered oil company was so impressed after putting the machines through a test run that it ordered 32, to help with cleanup efforts on the Gulf Coast.”(4 million barrels of fluid/day)

    What would be the estimated concentration of the oil in the water?
    The amount of oil spill started with 1000 barrels per day, then was increased to 5000, and today estimates put it at up to 60,000 bpd. In addition it is mixed with gas and no one knows the proportion either.How would gas affect the performance of a liquid centrifuge?
    Anyone with 4th grade arithmetic can estimate the amount of fluid from a pipe, assuming an i.d of 20 inches, sg. of 1, and exit velocity of 1 ft/sec, that is roughly 34,000 barrels per day. (0.7854 d squared x 1 cft./sec) It is also an elementary matter to estimate the total fluid which needs to be processed if one knew or assumed a concentration.
    Centrifuges have been used for 70 years or more on all oil burning ships to clarify/separate water from fuel oil as well asto clarify lubricating oil. Usually the water is a small percentage of the oil, not the other way round, and the volumes are minute when compared to the amounts in this application.
    I would be curious to know more about these centrifuges
    Would ta similar type of device be used on this giant ship which is now being tested in the Gulf?

  6. Lynne Kringler on August 29th, 2010 3:38 pm

    What is happening now? Will they still use these machines in the gulf? Would they work on the edge of the marshes?

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