Processing Magazine

Oil Skimming Material Called into Fight against Gulf Oil Spill

May 10, 2010
The patent-pending material is being put to work off the coast of Louisiana on a disk skimmer cleaning up oil from the Gulf oil spill disaster. According to the manufacturer, the material has triple the oil removal capacity of standard disk skimming material. This is the first time it has been used on such a large scale project. In this application, the material is attached to the surface of 56 30-inch diameter skimming disks on a floating skimmer made by CRUCIAL Inc. of Gretna, Louisiana. The Disc Skimmer can remove up to 385 gallons of oil per minute from the water’s surface, more than three times its usual capacity. The disk skimmer is under contract to a spill responder and is operated from one of the scores of ships now deployed to skim oil in the Gulf of Mexico. The leak is estimated to gush 5000 barrels of oil each day following the explosion and sinking of an oil rig that killed 11 workers April 21. To see a video demonstration, visit