The NeatSweep system is a new efficient means of
applying oil dispersant chemicals onto an oil slick. The system works
by funneling and concentrating the oil on the water’s surface
before the chemical is applied. Traditional methods spray dispersant chemicals
onto inconsistent oil layers spread out over water. The result is
that dispersant usage can be reduced by up to 50%.
A computerized monitoring system controls the rate of dispersant
application - drastically reducing waste. It senses the
speed of the system through the water and self-adjusts the pumping
rate. Oil enters the dispersant application zone at uniform thickness
- reducing both over and under dosing and mis-targeting.
The system includes two sections of AirMax boom, computerized oil spill dispersant
pumping unit, dispersant application unit and mixing panel. This
system allows the neat (full concentration) application of oil spill dispersant
directly onto the oil. As the setup is more efficient more oil can
be treated with each deployment. As an added bonus, operators are
not exposed to wind blown chemicals.
Independent tests at OHMSETT confirm efficiency of up to 92%.