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BP reveals ‘sand shark’ device to clean Gulf beaches of oil

Posted by on Aug 12, 2010 | Leave a Comment

BP has revealed a new device named as ‘sand shark’ aimed at doing an enhanced job of cleaning Gulf beaches of oil and tar. This new device was demonstrated on Tuesday at Orange Beach, Al.

A new device comes with a promise to clean Gulf beaches of oil. The name of this device is ‘sand shark’ revealed by BP. This device was demonstrated on Tuesday at Orange Beach, AL, which has been the site of regular cleanup work due to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

BP official Keith Seilhan said, “The $300,000 prototype will be deployed on Baldwin County’s beaches but others are in the works and could be used on beaches in Florida and Mississippi.”

The beach cleaning machines which has been cleaning local shorelines is narrow as compared to Sand Shark. This new device has taken Two months in its making. It is able to extract bits of oil from up to 18 inches below the beach’s surface and can collect smaller tarballs.

The majority of the contaminants that we’ve seen are within the range of this machine,” Keith Seilhan, BP’s Mobile Incident Commander, told reporters, state and federal environmental officials, contractors and municipal officials. The midday demonstration took place at the Cotton Bayou public beach access.

We’re not going to say it cleans up every molecule of hydrocarbon, but it can get the vast majority and then allow the natural deterioration of the hydrocarbons to take hold in a much shorter period of time.

Seilhan said, “More Sand Sharks are in the works and could be deployed to Florida and Mississippi beaches within the next six weeks,” in Baldwin County.

He said, “The beach consistency in Louisiana is a bit different and requires a different tool but we’re not against trying this in any situation that it might work. We’re optimistic about its utility across the Gulf Coast, especially the northern Gulf Coast.

By churning up sand with mandible-like augers that feed the material onto a conveyor belt, the Sand Shark works. A tow-behind machine is normally used to sieve aggregate like clay and sand in brick and mortar manufacturing, is carried by the sand. In the sifter the sand tumbles through a series of screens that filter out most everything bigger than 2 mm while allowing debris-free sand to spill back onto the beach.

Seilhan said, “I was challenged by local leaders to develop a way to more effectively and less intrusively clean oiled beaches.” He also added, “We’re trying to do everything we can to meet that challenge and fulfill our obligation as the responsible party. What we at BP hope is that we can continually show the community and the public at-large that we’re a responsible company and that hopefully we can build confidence in our efforts to restore what we’ve damaged. We’re committed to do what it takes, as long as it takes to get this done right.


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