Tapping into a gusher isn’t the only way to strike it rich in Texas. Joe T. Smith Inc., Hawley, Texas, has been in business since 1936, offering oil-drilling customers 24-hour service for field-related jobs such as saltwater disposal.
For the past 30 years, the company has used a Model 6V Brill oil-recovery system from Oil Skimmers Inc. to recover up to 25 barrels of oil a day from its saltwater disposal pit. According to president Hoss Smith, sales of the skimmed oil comprise 40% of the company’s revenues from recovered oil.
PROBLEM: Companies such as Joe T. Smith remove and dispose of saltwater (a naturally occurring by-product of oil production) from oil-production sites. They store this water in outdoor disposal pits according to regulatory guidelines. A certain amount of residual oil remains in the saltwater. Removing the oil from the saltwater is important because:
SOLUTION: Cleveland-based Oil Skimmers Inc. Model 6V oil skimmer is an affordable and long-lasting solution for recovering residual oil from saltwater pits and tanks. Hoss said Joe T. Smith uses its Model 6V continuously on its 500,000-gallon pit, and the only maintenance the skimmer has required in 30 years is normal parts replacement.
BENEFITS: This quick and continuous oil removal benefits Smith’s company in a number of ways:
Smith uses a standard unit, but Jim Petrucci, Oil Skimmer’s Vice President, said the company can specialize installations and gives personalized service to each customer. “You aren’t picking out something from a catalogue. We can adapt, modify, or even build from scratch.”
The Model 6V utilizes a unique floating-tube system. The closed-loop tube – made of flexible, specially formulated plastic – attracts oil but not water. The unit continuously draws the oil-covered tube through scrapers (which remove the oil) and returns the clean tube to the water surface to gather more oil.