Deepwater Horizon: Heavy oil recovery device orders hit GoM shipyards

Orders to manufacture the recently approved Heavy Oil Recovery Device (HORD) have reached eight to 10 per day in shipyards at Bayou La Batre, Alabama; and Pensacola, Florida, says the Incident Joint Information Center.

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MOBILE, Alabama – Orders to manufacture the recently approved Heavy Oil Recovery Device (HORD) have reached eight to 10 per day in shipyards at Bayou La Batre, Alabama; and Pensacola, Florida, says the Incident Joint Information Center. As many as 1,000 of the devices are expected to be ordered, continues the report.

Originally called tarball retrieval device, the combination filter, containment, and disposal device is designed to recover the thick, heavy oil that is difficult for traditional skimmers and also the sheen left on the water surface following skimming.

HORD is a mesh bag held open by a three-foot by three-foot aluminum frame. It is dragged through the water by shrimp boats where the cage-like device captures as much as two tons of tar, oil, and sheen which goes onshore to disposal facilities.



07/06/2010

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