Case Study - How do I improve oil recovery efficiency in a separator or interceptor?
Our customer operates an oil refinery with two bay API type seperators. These had skim pipes installed however these were inefficient and flooded in high rainfall and the customer neded to reduce operator headcount. The Vikoma T14 oil skimming systems replaced the skim pipes and as it is an automatic system with very little manual input, enabled a headcount reduction. Varying liquid levels were overcome with a floating system which typically collects 2000 tonnes per annum with less than 2% water content.
Feedstock - Oil/water stream, mainly from crude oil storage areas plus some process plant cleaning water.
Oil on separator - Product and crude, approx. 50cSt viscosity.
Separator area - Zone 1.
Problem - Oil quantities very variable. The skim pipes flood during high rainfall, usually large liquid variations in the API separator as well as extremely high water content in the slops. Reduced operator availability.
Customer objective 1: Continuous operation with minimal operator input.
Feedback: Skimmer is operating automatically and no manual input.
Customer objective 2: Floating skimmers c/w on-board pumps required in order to cope with liquid level variations.
Feedback: 2 T14 floating oil skimmers c/e on-board pumps installed.
Customer objective 3: Low parts per million (PPM) level required in the discharge from the separator to secondary treatment.
Feedback: Recovered oil with <2% free water content (98% oil) achieved.
Customer objective 4: Maximum biannual maintenance checks.
Feedback: Biannual maintenance checks, skimmers operating for many years with minimal down time for maintenance.
Customer objective 5: Skimmer mooring system required in order to keep the floating skimmer in position.
Feedback: Skimmer fitted with stainless steel mooring arms in order to keep them in the required position in the separator bays.
Customer objective 6: Fast removal of all surface oil required.
Feedback: Continuous oil removal with typical annual recovery of over 2000 tonnes.
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