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Abanaki oil skimmers and emergency oil spill systems are said to meet the challenges facing hydroelectric power generation facilities, which must protect water resources from hydraulic fluid spills.

Although hydraulic-generated electricity is considered clean, small leaks of hydraulic oil from turbines at hydroelectric plants are not uncommon.

The oil can end up in the facility’s sump and spill into its water resource.

Oil skimming cost-effectively removes the oil before the water is discharged into the environment, according to Abanaki.

Utilities may employ absorbents and other manual methods of oil skimming; these methods are said to be messy and inefficient and take maintenance personnel away from more important work.

In contrast, Abanaki oil skimmers are said to be a low-maintenance and reliable means of removing oil from water.

The Oil Grabber Model 8 oil skimmer is described by Abanaki as a dependable and cost-effective tool for removing oil from sumps in hydroelectric plants.

It has a rugged construction that is designed to last many years with little or no maintenance.

The Model 8 oil skimmer utilises a continuous belt and wipers to remove oil from sumps.

With its specially designed belts, it can collect virtually all oil, and with the optional oil concentrator it can virtually eliminate residual water that may be picked up.

The Abanaki Model 8 belt skimmer may be part of an emergency oil spill system, in which wastewater flows through a coalescer tank, is skimmed, and then passes through filters.

These systems satisfy the requirements of government standards intended to prevent oil spills from entering the environment.

Abanaki said it has experience in designing and installing complete emergency oil spill systems for the power generation industry.

The Abanaki Oil Viper tube skimmer effectively removes floating surface oils by means of an olephilic (oil-attracting) 3/4in-diameter continuous looped tube.

The tube extends out over the surface of the tank or pit and collects free-floating hydraulic oil and other oily hydrocarbons.

The Oil Viper has a specially designed wiper system that removes more oil from the tube.

The result is a virtually oil-free tube as it leaves the skimmer, speeding oil removal.

Removal rates can be as high as 100gallons/hour.

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