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Kevin Costner’s “ELLA G” gets to skimming

by admin on July 11th, 2010

An offshore barge retrofitted by Edison Chouest Offshore, the ELLA G was sent off to work yesterday. The boat is expected to skim around a million gallons of seawater a day, and by using a centrifuge developed by Kevin Costner and his team, will be able to discharge most of that water once it is separated from the oil, and continue working for many days. Once the oil is collected it too can be off loaded to other barges allowing the ELLA G to keep working. Unlike other skimmers it also believed that she could continue skimming operations in seas as high as 8 feet. Costner was on hand for the unveiling and was understandably proud, he had worked on the idea behind the skimmers and centrifuge off and on for over 20 years.

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2 Comments
  1. M Taylor permalink

    Unless the ‘Whale(r)’ is successful, this appears to be the only way to effectively remove some of the oil from the water. If it continues to prove successful, what prevents expanded production? Why isn’t this more of a focus in the press?

  2. P Leone permalink

    if a pool skimmer can keep a pool clean, why wont this work?

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