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

This invention is comprised of 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.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
10143276
Report Number(s):
PATENTS-US--A7870067
ON: DE94010138; PAN: US patent application 7-870,067
DOE Contract Number:
W-7405-ENG-48
Resource Type:
Patent Application
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 1992
Research Org:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
02 PETROLEUM; 03 NATURAL GAS; SEPARATION EQUIPMENT; DESIGN; OIL SPILLS; MATERIALS RECOVERY; GAS SPILLS; INVENTIONS; UNDERWATER; POLLUTION CONTROL EQUIPMENT; LEAKS 020900; 030800; ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS; ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS