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Title: Oil/gas collector/separator for underwater oil leaks

Abstract

An oil/gas collector/separator for recovery of oil leaking, for example, from an offshore or underwater oil well. The separator is floated over the point of the leak and tethered in place so as to receive oil/gas floating, or forced under pressure, toward the water surface from either a broken or leaking oil well casing, line, or sunken ship. The separator is provided with a downwardly extending skirt to contain the oil/gas which floats or is forced upward into a dome wherein the gas is separated from the oil/water, with the gas being flared (burned) at the top of the dome, and the oil is separated from water and pumped to a point of use. Since the density of oil is less than that of water it can be easily separated from any water entering the dome.

Inventors:
 [1]
  1. (Livermore, CA)
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
868791
Patent Number(s):
5213444
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States (Washington, DC) LLNL
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-48
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
oil; gas; collector; separator; underwater; leaks; recovery; leaking; example; offshore; floated; leak; tethered; receive; floating; forced; pressure; water; surface; broken; casing; line; sunken; ship; provided; downwardly; extending; skirt; contain; floats; upward; dome; separated; flared; burned; top; pumped; density; easily; entering; downwardly extending; easily separated; water entering; water surface; underwater oil; gas collector; water oil; /405/

Citation Formats

Henning, Carl D. Oil/gas collector/separator for underwater oil leaks. United States: N. p., 1993. Web.
Henning, Carl D. Oil/gas collector/separator for underwater oil leaks. United States.
Henning, Carl D. Fri . "Oil/gas collector/separator for underwater oil leaks". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/868791.
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author = {Henning, Carl D.},
abstractNote = {An oil/gas collector/separator for recovery of oil leaking, for example, from an offshore or underwater oil well. The separator is floated over the point of the leak and tethered in place so as to receive oil/gas floating, or forced under pressure, toward the water surface from either a broken or leaking oil well casing, line, or sunken ship. The separator is provided with a downwardly extending skirt to contain the oil/gas which floats or is forced upward into a dome wherein the gas is separated from the oil/water, with the gas being flared (burned) at the top of the dome, and the oil is separated from water and pumped to a point of use. Since the density of oil is less than that of water it can be easily separated from any water entering the dome.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
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place = {United States},
year = {1993},
month = {1}
}

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