Preventing the formation of emulsion

Pumping of thin hydrocarbon films, mixed with water, creates a “mayonnaise-like” emulsion. (This treatment limits collection capacity to 5m3/hour).

The Ecocéane solution

  • Our recovery system does not create an emulsion when collecting hydrocarbons.
  • The hydrocarbons are stored in a thick, floating layer in the separator.
  • The maximum viscosity of the heavy fuel oil is 50,000 cSt; our vessels are fitted with pumps capable of transferring oil with a viscosity of up to 100,000 cSt.

We only transfer pure hydrocarbons to supply vessels or oil tankers, with no emulsion.

Operation of our separator:

  • The integral skimmer floats in the water, with the pump suction placed in the hydrocarbons
  • Once all the hydrocarbons in the chamber have been transferred, the loss of level instantly stops the pump. The pump starts again once a new layer of hydrocarbons has been recovered.

Hydrocarbons are transferred continuously, in unlimited quantities, during collection

Special case

If the recovered pollution is already emulsified by the environment, it cannot be transferred.
If the separator is filled with emulsion, it is isolated and heated by means of keel cooling and a generator to separate the hydrocarbons from the water.

We only transfer pure hydrocarbons.