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Model V20 Centrifuge
Dances With Oil!

The ongoing leak of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico has reached epic proportions and shows no signs of stopping. All attempts to stop the leak of crude oil into the Gulf have failed thus far leaving the only option for the time being to clean the oil from the waters of the Gulf as quickly as possible.

Actor Kevin Costner came forward not long ago with a machine that his company -- Ocean Therapy Solutions (OTS) - has developed with bold claims that the machine could clean up the massive and ever increasing oil spill floating in the Gulf. The machine is a high-tech centrifuge that is offered in several different sizes with the largest of the machines capable of cleaning crude oil from water at a rate of hundreds of gallons per minute. The centrifuge promises to leave the water 99% clean of crude oil.

BP is reaching for any lifeline to help stop the growing catastrophe and reportedly took one of the machines to test. The initial test failed due to dispersal agents added to the crude oil transforming it into a peanut butter consistency that the machines could not work with. OTS adjusted the machines to work with the thickened consistency and they now reportedly work as described.

BP COO Doug Suttles said, "We were confident the technology would work but we needed to test it at the extremes. We've done that and are excited by the results. We are very pleased with the results and today we have placed a significant order with OTS and will be working with them to rapidly manufacture and deploy 32 of their machines."

Costner says that over the last 15 years he has invested $20 million of his own money into the company to develop the centrifuge machines. Costner says that he was inspired to start the development of the machines after the Exxon Valdez hit a reef in Alaska in 1989 dumping 11 million gallons of crude into Prince William Sound. 
ABC News reports that depending on the water to oil ratio the centrifuge machines can extract as much as 2,000 barrels of oil per day from the gulf.

OTS CEO John Houghtaling said, "The machines are basically sophisticated centrifuge devices that can handle a huge volume of water and separate at unprecedented rates. They were developed from older centrifuge technology. Normal centrifuge machines are very slow and sensitive to different ratios of oil to water mixtures at intake."

Costner acknowledged that BP has ordered 32 of the oil separating machines. He also claims that that number of machines could mitigate much of the damage done in the waters of the gulf.

He said, "It's not too late … That oil's going to keep coming towards those people. That well has not stopped. So we have to be out at the source, sucking it up … I mean, we have to treat it a little bit like war. We mustered logistically everything we had to get the beaches of Normandy. We have to muster everything we can to keep it from hitting our beaches."

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By brokenaxiom on 6/19/2010 11:03:13 AM , Rating: 2
They've been mentioned early and often. They are also essentially a construction company so the sand berms (which they are actively working on)

As you've obviously been a member of the army corp of engineers you should definitely be an expert on their abilities and mission capacity. But for the rest of dailytech let's spend some time learning

The corps where like crackpot idea #3 just after "just blow the well up" and "make a big circle of oil tankers around the spill".

So utilizing an idea such as blowing up the well after it has been tested successfully four times is apparently crackpot? Man a bomb that makes a thick layer of near unbreakable glass in a mile radius around the leaking site is truly a terrible idea. Nevermind that our military's top men said it would work and it has in the past. Let's just shoot golfballs into the pipe instead.....

actually lots is being mentioned about transocean. Did you forget they were in front of congress some time ago? But remember transocean may have responsibilities on the rig but they end there. BP is the one responsible for the cleanup.

Yeah, because it's not like Obama delivered a speech from the oval office and exclusively blamed BP never once mentioning another corporation or entity...

Please. Take that weak sauce over to foxnews forums and put some capslock on it. BP isn't getting blamed because it's popular they are getting blamed because they are responsible. Many are at fault here but the buck stops somewhere doesn't it?

Isn't it FEMA's mandate to get involved in a national disaster? And how can a private foreign corporation construct the necessary seawalls in federally protected marshlands in under two weeks. Oh wait, they can't.

The only organization with the proper resources, intellect, and mobility to have dealt with this disaster in a timely manner is the Federal government. Obama chose not to use this option until he was certain the spill would be a terrible ecological crisis thus he can get his cap and trade legislation. Remember the creed of this administration, you never want a serious crisis to go to waste.

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