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Abanaki Oil Skimmers Enable Mines to Reuse Wash Water in Wash Bays


CLEVELAND, Ohio - May 11, 2010 -Abanaki Corporation announced a full range of oil skimmers to solve the unique cleaning problems the mining industry faces.

Typically located in remote areas, wastewater treatment facilities are often not available, so water must be reused onsite. Oil skimming cost-effectively removes oil from water in wash bays so that the water can either evaporate or can be reused.

When washing large equipment, diesel, oil, and grease, along with mud and debris get rinsed into a sump at the wash bay. Abanaki has three solutions that can be used in this situation: the Oil Grabber Model 4 belt oil skimmer, Portable Tote-It belt oil skimmer, and the Oil Viper tube oil skimmer.

Abanaki oil skimmers have been at work in mines around the world for decades. The Oil Grabber Model 4 is the most commonly used oil skimmer at mines. Its heavy-duty construction withstands the harsh environment inherent to the industry. Specially designed belts can collect all of the oil products present in the wash bay, and coupled with the optional Oil Concentrator, they effectively remove the oil without picking up much water.

The Portable Tote-It oil skimmer works well in smaller wash bays or in other parts of the mine where water and oil are present. As with the rest of Abanaki's product line, it is available in stainless steel, which resists the strong chemicals that can be present at a mine. Two sizes are available based on belt width: 2" and 4".

Abanaki's Oil Viper tube oil skimmer has a small footprint, but large recovery rate. The tube "snakes" around the pit and can collect oils and greases with ease. It works very well in shallow sumps or confined spaces.

Oil skimming can reduce the amount of labor needed to keep wash bays clean by mechanically removing the oil. Unlike socks or hand-held skimmers, Abanaki's equipment is able to run continuously or on a timer to eliminate the need for manual labor. Wash bays are typically small and located near the mining pit and would not merit a large, expensive water filtration system. Oil skimmers are an economical way to remove oil from water.

About Abanaki Corporation: Abanaki, the world leader in oil skimmer products, manufactures a wide range of products to remove oils, greases, solvents, and related hydrocarbons from water. Belt and Tube skimmer models are available with removal rates ranging from 1 to 200 gallons per hour in both stationary and portable systems. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Abanaki has served a global customer base in industries as diverse as iron and steel, wastewater, paper, food processing, automotive, environmental remediation and recycling for more than 40 years. Today, under the corporate motto "Clean Our World TM," Abanaki continues to address pollution in industry through innovation, customer commitment, and environmental stewardship within its own operations.

For more information about Abanaki products, call your sales representative at (440) 543-7400 or (800) 358-SKIM (7546), or e-mail: info@abanaki.com.

See the full-line of Abanaki products and services online and watch the new product videos at http://www.abanaki.com/113.

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