In the summer of 2010 we supported the controlled burn operation in the Gulf of Mexico to minimize the impact from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Several models of fire resistant oil containment boom were deployed in the early stages of the insitu burning, two of which (American Fireboom and Hydro-Fire® Boom) are manufactured by Elastec. These booms proved to be the most resilient and were responsible for the longest continuous burns and for immolating the largest amount of oil from the marine environment.
By the time the Deepwater Horizon well was capped, 411 controlled burns were conducted in the Gulf of Mexico, with the majority employing Elastec’s fire booms. The duration of our patented Hydro-Fire® Boom and American Fireboom systems lasted four times longer than the competition’s – some up to 12 hours. Elastec holds the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® title for the “Longest Continuous Burn of Oil Spill at Sea.”
The Elastec Safe Start Igniter is designed to provide a safe and easy way to start controlled insitu burns (ISB) for oil spill recovery operations. These igniters were used extensively in the Deepwater Horizon controlled burn operation in the Gulf of Mexico.
Each 1 gal. / 3.8 l container is preloaded with non-toxic Safe Start gelling agent to be mixed with diesel fuel. Common marine flares are used as the ignition source, melting the container and allowing the gelled burning fuel to spread.