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OTS launches fuel spill containment product

OTS launches fuel spill containment product

Oil Tank Supplies (OTS) has announced it is to distribute a new spillage containment solution for both fuel and oil spills from this month.

The Harena product, which won a design accolade at the APEA (Association for Petroleum & Explosives Administration) Awards in 2015 for environmental protection and improvement, is said to provide both an effective and an environmentally friendly means of resolving hydrocarbon spillages.

Harena is an oleophilic coated mineral that rapidly adsorbs hydrocarbon that occurs naturally in fuels and oils, isolating them from the immediate environment. Fuels such as diesel and petrol, including the vapours, can be tackled with the product, which will adsorb all hydrocarbon including synthetics.

Harena is fully hydrophobic and will actively and consistently repel water. This enables effective use in all weather conditions and environments, says OTS.

All fuels and oils become non-flammable when fully bonded to Harena, the company adds, facilitating the complete removal of the spilt material from site whilst minimising the risk of secondary accidents.

Another advantage of Harena highlighted by OTS is that, once fully bonded, the product will form a dry oil-free crumb and due to its non-leaching properties, it can be removed quickly, cleanly and efficiently.

“Harena is easy to store, including outside (weatherproof bags), and can be quickly applied as a dry, free-flowing product,” said the company.

“Harena is non-flammable, safe to handle and non-toxic, with an indefinite shelf life.”

The product will adsorb from a variety of ground surfaces, says OTS, including semi-porous surfaces such as concrete or asphalt, providing a complete clean without residue or staining.

“When used to clean up volatile hydrocarbons, Harena is able to add some significant safety factors. Both the liquid and vapour part of the hydrocarbon molecule is bonded creating a much-reduced spark and fire risk than with conventional options.

“Harena can increase fire safety and reduce risk when utilised as a spill clean-up method for small everyday customer spills and filling overflows as well as any larger scale spillage. Harena is an ideal replacement for sand in forecourt fire buckets.”

OTS highlights multiple uses for Harena within the transport sector.

“Harena can be utilised by businesses that operate large vehicle fleets as a precautionary measure for spillage,” said the firm.

“This could at the fuel filling depot and/or carried as part of a spill kit on fleet vehicles. Harena’s safety features mean it ideal for carrying on fleet vehicles when compared to conventional options.”

It also emphasises the specific benefits for highway construction and maintenance firms.

“Harena can be utilised for the construction and maintenance of highways. Harena will successfully bond with even highly viscous hydrocarbons such as bitumen. The broad range of machinery used means fuel or hydraulic spillage is inevitable. Harena will also increase site safety.”

The product is also said to offer significantly improved site safety highways accidents.

“The rapid adsorption of fuels and oils will minimise the risk of environmental damage, slip hazards and fire, thereby reducing the potential for secondary accidents to persons and infrastructure during clean up operations.”

Used Harena has waste acceptance criteria tested (WAC) in the UK to be classified as non-reactive hazardous waste in non-hazardous BS EN 12457, the company adds, which may reduce the cost of disposal compared with traditional absorbents.

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