OIL CLEANUP ADVICE/IDEA what do you think?

ATTENTION PLUMBERS, ENGINEERS, WATER WORKS & FIRE, AND THOSE WHO WORK WITH HIGH PRESSURE HYDRAULICS AND OIL……. Please review my idea and let me know what and where I may be wrong and if you think my idea below may work….

This theory and idea is similar to the capping idea, but with a different method. One problem with stopping the flow is the pure psi of the outflow of oil and gas through a broke pipe. My idea would to concentrate on reducing the psi at the end of the pipe enough to place a fitting, seal, and cutoff valve onto the pipe to allow the oil to be pumped through the same methods as the top hat approach. This idea is simple, but sometimes the simplest ideas are the best.
The method would consist of first drilling holes up the sides of the pipe that is leaking. The holes must be far enough apart so that they prevent metallic failure. With each hole drilled the psi at the end of the pipe would lesson. The amount of holes, size, and length up the pipe would be based on the actual pipe and actual pressure or psi of the gas and oil coming out. After the holes are drilled you would add a clamp up the pipe that would consist of a seal and cut off valve. With lowered PSI coming out of the end of the pipe you can fit a larger pipe (again the size would depend on the psi) The pipe would be attached to a hose to pump the oil out and should have a strong vacuum as it placed on to remove the oil. While sliding the vacuum pipe over the leaking pipe there will be a leakage that will come out in between the two pipes at the end of the fitting until you place it into the double clamp with pressure valve, seal, and cut off valve that will clamp it down. The hose system should have a cutoff valve on the other end as to allow the transfer to a new well at a future time.

4 Responses to “OIL CLEANUP ADVICE/IDEA what do you think?”

  1. Fittings Doc Says:

    The pressure is coming from the OIL coming out of the sea bed, which is at a high enough pressure to overcome the pressure exerted by 5,000 feet of water at a MINIMUM.

    So drilling holes in the pipe just makes other openings from which the oil to will escape.

    It would not LOWER the pressure at which the oil is being pushed out of the sea bed.

    These are EXTREME pressures, hence the industry’s standard safety device, which failed here (although that is almost unheard of), is a BOP (Blow Out Preventer) that hydraulically (at high pressure) crushes the pipe, thus sealing it.

  2. gordo e Says:

    First; oil cleanup tech to fix that spill in the ocean is available, BP just doesn’t want to spend the money, they don’t care about bad press. NASA discovered that beeswax sprayed in 0 gravity will form buckyballs of beeswax. This stuff when sprayed on oil will absorb the oil, and that will be eaten entirely by natural bacterial, and alas, no more oil. I think you can buy something similar in the auto parts store, it might be the purple cleaner they call it.
    Second;
    The technology to seal off a well that breaks has been around, I don’t know why they don’t use this;
    A special foam that holds up under high pressure is release from a point deep below the oil rig. If the unit senses a sudden drop in pressure or is remotely activated, it will release the foam, which rises, and attaches itself to the walls of the pipe, until eventually the pipe is sealed in a matter of about 90 seconds. They don’t want to use it because they’re afraid they’d have to replace the pipe; again, covering their own glutus maximi or whathaveya. Another option would be to put a junction from the bottom of the ocean so you have more than one pipe, the additional pipe(s) will suck if the main is broken. You’d have to process out saltwater until the main got fixed, but it would work with a series of 1 way valves in place along the main.
    Cute pic by the way

  3. Ιρατυς Ορχυς Says:

    How is it hard to clean up a flammable liquid sitting on a non flammable surface? Just kidding of course. I believe we should place some sort of sleeve around it to seal off the leak. Then crop dusting plains can spread large amounts of microbes that eat oil.

  4. Charlie A. Says:

    the biggest problem is that it is a mile under water, so you have to deal with just to over come the water pressure at that depth to begin with. second is the temperature a mile under water, a big problem.
    not to mention that the oil is under pressure as well. and no natural light at that depth, too far down to see.
    its too far down for divers, let alone work.
    every thing that has to be done, has to be done by remote control. ROVs

    your idea sounds good in theory. try it with a air compressor and a water hose, and a pvc pipe in a half filed bath tub. two people are needed one to work the air compressor the other to do the job, start at 30 psi then 50psi then 70psi. its not easy. observe how much strength you need to do the job. now imagine a ROV doing it. its like trying to tie your shoes with out your thumbs.