Industrial Maintenance Group provides customized oil barrier solutions.
Designed for high-volume water drainage in a good drainage field with a vertical type installation, Petro-Barriers are custom-designed and manufactured in our factory for shipping to your location or installed by SPI for each site. Land slope, under-drain percolation rates, rainfall amount, containment area size and other factors are all considered in the system design. In the event of an oil spill, the oil barrier material forms a plug to prevent oil from escaping into the discharge and hence into the environment.
SPI developed Petro-Barriers™ to provide the most effective, functionally simple, cost-effective and nearly zero-maintenance solution for spill containment area stormwater drainage. In hundreds of installations of its products, oil has never gotten past any of SPI's oil barrier solutions.
Anyone with experience in this field is familiar with oil/water separators, oil stop valves and oil sensing switches for pumps. None of these expensive, high-maintenance methods are foolproof, and in numerous situations these methods have failed to prevent significant oil spills.
Briefly stated, a typical Petro-Barrier would be utilized as the oil barrier as follows. In a spill containment area surrounding an oil storage vessel or oil-filled electrical transformer, everything on the ground is designed and created to be impervious to oil and water. The ground is sloped to drainage sumps where the Petro-Barriers will be installed to create the oil barrier. After the drainage path and spill containment area have been completed, SPI fills the drainage sumps with patented and patent-pending materials that allow water to pass while removing and/or sealing off any oil. In normal non-spill operation, a Petro-Barrier will last five years.
In the event of an oil spill, the oil barrier material forms a plug that prevents oil from being discharged. Following a spill, the oil is contained within the spill containment area and can be reclaimed with pumps and filters. SPI will then remove the plugged material and refresh the barrier for a new five-year cycle of protection.