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Abanaki Oil Skimmers Provide Non-Pump Solution for Groundwater Remediation

Skimmers eliminate the need to treat water; remove only hydrocarbons from well

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Abanaki Corporation, the world leader in oil skimmer products, offers an arsenal of oil skimmers to remove hydrocarbons from groundwater at low cost. Oil skimming is the only non-pump solution for groundwater remediation. With products from the PetroXtractor to its belt and tube skimmer models, Abanaki delivers remediation tools that are technically robust and more cost effective than pump-and-treat systems.

Abanaki's campaign has focused on the education of engineers, explaining that oil skimming is much less expensive than pumping water to the surface and running it through filters. In many cases, skimming can be used to treat water before filtering, thus extending the lifespan of the filter itself.

Economically speaking, skimming surpasses the pump-and-treat system, which involves placing a bailer, pump, or similar object down into the well that draws the water and the hydrocarbons out. The water is then treated to remove the hydrocarbons. But the skimmer eliminates the need to treat the water and removes only the hydrocarbon out of the well. Not only does it eliminate the need to treat the water, but it also allows for the oil to be recycled or sold for other use.

Oil skimmers are commonly used for groundwater remediation throughout the country and by various environmental firms and companies. Abanaki's PetroXtractor belt skimmer, in particular, is specifically designed for groundwater remediation and is modified to allow it to fit into small places allowing use of existing monitoring wells. The belt on the PetroXtractor oil skimmer is specifically tailored to the type of hydrocarbon that is in the well. The skimmer also has other modifications such as heat, stabilizer rods and a wide variety of belt materials to aid in picking up specific hydrocarbons. The belt skimmer provides a dependable, efficient low-maintenance alternative to other methods.

Typically, Abanaki's PetroXtractor oil skimmer is used in applications in which there are existing monitoring wells or trenches. The skimmer comes in three different sizes to allow for optimal removal based on the application. The skimmer is available with a 1" wide belt for 2" well casings, 2" wide belt for 4" well casings and a 4" wide belt for well cases 6+" in diameter. The skimmer can pick up both LNAPL and DNAPL products at depths up to 100 feet. This unit can prove twice as environmentally friendly with the option of solar power.

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. 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 30 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: See the full-line of Abanaki products and services online and watch the new product videos at

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