Appl. Chem., Vol. 71,
No. 1, pp. 95-101, 1999
Separation of Oil and Water in Oil
Spill Recovery Operations
Knut Gaaseidnes and Joseph Turbeville
MilijoLab AS, Innherredsveien 10
N-7014 Trondheim, Norway
Abstract: The separation of water from oil that is collected
in any oil spill recovery operation is a continuing and necessary requirement
during every stage of the effort. Its importance is reflected in the
cost of transport and storage of large volumes of oily water, the salvage
value of separated oil and the added labor costs associated with long-term
This paper addresses the effects of weathering and emulsion generation
which increase the problems normally associated with water extraction.
Separation theory, practical separation technology and recommendations
for the future direction of research and development are presented.
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