Monday, 22 February 2016


Environmentally Sound Solution to Unwanted Oil Reduces Disposal Costs

The Oily Issue
Auto Spares and Salvage, like many auto-dismantlers, operates in a rural/farmland area. There are strict EA laws in place that require them to be responsible for any pollutants they might produce. Failure to comply with these laws can result in hefty fines for the companies
When it comes to oil, the main goal for auto-dismantlers is to keep the oil from reaching any natural water source. To do this, site operators must keep the pits or interceptors clean. Should the interceptors become too full, there is the chance that the oil or hydrocarbons can contaminate surface or ground water. It’s also crucial to keep the interceptors clean in case there is a flood - heavy rainwater can cause the interceptors to run over flow.
The Costly and Dreaded Job
Emptying interceptors is a job that can be messy, time consuming, and labour intensive. Additionally, it can also be very expensive. Phil Wood, Auto Spares and Salvage’s Yard Manager, is responsible for waste management and implementing environmental policies. Wood explained to Abanaki UK salesman Graham Smith that Auto Spares and Salvage would empty the interceptor with a capacity of 6,000 gallons 3 times a year at a cost of over £2000. Wood added that Auto Spares and Salvage is always striving to “set an example to others”. With that thought in mind, Wood set out to find a solution that would make cleaning the interceptors easy and efficient for site operators, would reduce removal costs, and was an environmentally sound solution.
A Green Solution
After learning about Abanaki Oil Skimmers Wood & arranging a site visit, Abanaki’s Graham Smith visited the site & recommended Abanaki’s PetroXtractor oil skimmer.
The PetroXtractor is a dependable and cost-effective solution to unwanted oil in water where access to the fluid surface is limited. It acts using the interceptors existing recovery and monitoring wells & it can reach depths of 30 meters or more without the use of pumps. It can be installed in existing wells by mounting it on a flat surface above the well casing with removal rates of up to 45 litres per hour.
Why Choose an Oil Skimmer?
Oil skimming makes use of the differences in specific gravity and surface tension between oil & water. These physical characteristics allow the belt to attract oil and other hydrocarbon liquids from the surface of the fluid. Often, oil skimming by itself will reduce oil to an acceptable level of water purity. Depending on the characteristics of the liquid, it is possible for oil skimmers alone to reduce oil content to less than five parts per million in water. The unit can be used as a pre-treatment before filtration, and in conjunction with coalescing systems as part of an industrial wastewater treatment plan. Oil skimmers offer a cost-effective and environmentally sound solution to oil in water problems.
How the Savings Stacked Up
Typically the PetroXtractor’s 12v DC battery is run on solar power, or can use 12V vehicle batteries.  The skimmed oil is collected into mobile containers, which can then be transferred to a larger waste oil tank.
Wood explains that some of the key benefits in utilizing the PetroXtractor are that it is simple to use & so easy to train someone on how to operate the skimmer.  It has made drastic improvements at keeping costs down. Initially the interceptor was cleaned several times a year with costs over £2000. Since implementing the oil skimmer the interceptor is now emptied once a year at the cost of only £900. Wood says, “It’s one of the best investments made by the company and has proved to be successful over a number of years”.
By utilizing a belt oil skimmer for their auto-dismantling process, Auto Spares and Salvage was able to reduce removal costs, stay in compliance, continue with their efforts to be environmentally aware and responsible, and improve the day to day tasks for site operators.
To find out more about the oil skimming technologies Abanaki offers visit Or call Graham Smith at +01179 616679 or email
About Abanaki Corporation
Abanaki, the world leader in oil skimmer products, manufactures a wide range of products to remove oils, greases, solvents, and related hydrocarbons from water. Skimmer models are available with removal rates ranging from 1 to 200 gallons per hour in both stationary and portable systems. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, Abanaki has more than 40 years’ experience in this field.

1 comment:

  1. Wood explains that some of the key benefits in utilizing the PetroXtractor are that it is simple to use & so easy to train someone on how to operate the skimmer.