THE SORBWEB™ PLUS SELF-SEALING OIL CONTAINMENT SYSTEM

PROVEN REAL WORLD SUCCESS

The SorbWeb™ Plus secondary oil containment system is an effective and reliable passive oil leak and spill management system that provides continuous protection against oil spills and leaks associated with transformers, capacitors, storage tank facilities and other oil-filled equipment. In its passive state the system allows water to move freely through its bottom “Smart Barrier” and pass through without accumulating. However, when hydrocarbons come in contact with the “Smart Barrier” it will undergo a physical change by congealing and sealing, turning into an impermeable membrane and thus preventing hydrocarbons from escaping the containment area.

A State of the Art Design

SorbWeb™ Plus is a gravity-based subterranean secondary oil containment system that surrounds oil-filled equipment with geosynthetic materials. The system effectively traps oil from catastrophic oil spills and leaks. The SorbWeb™ Plus secondary oil containment system critical components include:

  • A synthetic impermeable liner
  • An absorbent or adsorbent filter layer
  • A retention layer of smart oil-absorbing fabric that seals on contact with hydrocarbons

This green technology incorporates a state of the art design that allows for driveability, eliminates the need for sumps and pumps or oil water separators, does not require power to operate, and offers a virtually maintenance free alternative to conventional spill containment approaches.

Albarrie’s innovative SorbWeb™ Plus oil containment system is designed to meet both general and specific secondary containment requirements set out by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the United States and the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) In Canada. The oil containment system will significantly reduce capital outlays, provide environmental protection and drastically lessen the economic consequences of an oil spill. No other oil containment system comes close to this level of performance and quality. Read the case studies here.

HOW IT WORKS

The SorbWeb™ Plus system and its layers are designed to allow water to move freely through its “Smart Barrier” without accumulating and pass all the way through back into the native ground. At the heart of the system is a smart geotextile known as “oilmat”. In the event of a catastrophic equipment failure leading to an oil spill, the oilmat congeals and seals the oil containment system, preventing the oil from passing through.

This revolutionary multi-layer system of interlocking oil reactive geotextile fabrics makes this system a truly remarkable leap forward in the containment of hydrocarbons and the proactive protection of the environment.

This secondary oil containment system has proven real world success! The SorbWeb™ Plus system effectively contained 5 separate oil spills (2 of which were significant) at various sensitive sites in North America reported to us within 2014/2015. These clients were amazed by its outstanding performance, pleased by the optimized remediation costs and impressed overall by the experience.

FEATURES & BENEFITS

  • Allows for full access to equipment as the system is designed for drivability.
  • Simple to expand or repair.
  • Addresses all soil types.
  • Not intrusive to the natural drainage.
  • Easily accommodates & accepts changes during construction and installation.
  • Design flexibility readily accepts complex geometry.
  • Can be installed in a Greenfield or Brownfield.
  • Installation without interruption of power.
  • As part of our commitment to full service, we stamp our IFC drawings, the final reports include stamped As Built drawings, detailed volumetric calculations of the containment, step by step documentation of the installation and an emergency preparedness guide.
  • Opt for “Turn Key” or “Supply & Support” solutions.
  • Robust engineered solution: Our professional Engineering staff will review the project, design the solution and stamp it.
  • Horizontal permeable oil congealing give the system excellent free draining capabilities and outstanding performance.
  • Components of the SorbWeb™ Plus System are sourced from the best products available in the market and tested thoroughly before their incorporation.
  • The oilmat is made from high quality 100% virgin black fiber with excellent chemical resistance.
  • All of our products are built with a safety factor in mind. That’s why our oilmat fabric have the highest polymer loading in the industry with a minimum 2500 g/m² or 73.7 oz/yd².
  • 1 sq. yd. (1m²) of the SAM absorbent layer absorbs up to 3.5 gallons (or 15 liters) of mineral oil.
  • Each installation follows a rigorous quality control protocol with hold points at critical steps to ensure the containment is properly installed
  • Our containments are designed to allow for vehicle access up to a max of 26,000 Kg/group of axle.
  • We design our secondary containment solutions to meet or exceed the EPA Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) requirements per 40 CFR 112.7, IEEE Std. 980, MOECC requirements in Canada and best practices put forward by major property insurers.
  • Meets Ministry of Environment (MOECC) requirements for projects undergoing an Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) or Renewable Energy Approval (REA).
  • Offers excellent fire quenching capabilities.
  • Delivers optimized remediation costs and protects your reputation.
  • Free draining system typically designed to fully drain within 4 hours of a 1 in 25, or 1 in 50, year rainfall event. No standing water to deal with.
  • No pump and treat required and no mechanical moving parts
  • Significant cost reductions achieved over its operating life. Requires no power supply or ongoing monitoring. Long virtually maintenance-free life.
  • Initial investment is 20% to 35% less than a typical concrete containment.
  • Predicted life surpasses that of the equipment it serves.
  • Our product is backed with a $10 million product liability insurance and a warranty. To our knowledge no other company offers this kind of assurance.
  • Proven effective 24/7 spill and leak protection.
  • Significantly reduces environmental and economic liabilities associated with an oil spill.
  • Our proprietary polymer blends are non-toxic, non-hazardous and environmentally friendly.
  • Does not require the use of zinc pesticides to prevent biological growth.
  • Contributes to sustainability by protecting water, land and wildlife from potential oil contamination or exposure.
  • Adds to sustainability as it doesn’t require power to operate or the taxing energy consumption of pump and treat systems.
  • Environmentally responsible solution aligns well with best in class organizations that put Environmental Leadership and the centre of their core values.
  • Substation Transformers of all sizes, particularly large size equipment.
  • Unmanned substations and environmentally sensitive areas where an oil spill could cause significant damage.
  • Single or multiple above ground storage tanks.
  • Can be installed both in new substations or retrofitted into existing concrete containments eliminating standing water and the need for mechanical pumps.
  • The SorbWeb™Plus secondary containment system is extremely flexible and can be designed with a multitude of configurations, from standard earthen berm perimeters to concrete walls, fibreglass or carbon fiber walls, jersey barriers, underground or above ground. Bring us your challenge and we will work together to develop the right solution.
+ FLEXIBILITY & CUSTOMIZATION
  • Allows for full access to equipment as the system is designed for drivability.
  • Simple to expand or repair.
  • Addresses all soil types.
  • Not intrusive to the natural drainage.
  • Easily accommodates & accepts changes during construction and installation.
  • Design flexibility readily accepts complex geometry.
  • Can be installed in a Greenfield or Brownfield.
  • Installation without interruption of power.
  • As part of our commitment to full service, we stamp our IFC drawings, the final reports include stamped As Built drawings, detailed volumetric calculations of the containment, step by step documentation of the installation and an emergency preparedness guide.
  • Opt for “Turn Key” or “Supply & Support” solutions.
+ QUALITY & INNOVATION
  • Robust engineered solution: Our professional Engineering staff will review the project, design the solution and stamp it.
  • Horizontal permeable oil congealing give the system excellent free draining capabilities and outstanding performance.
  • Components of the SorbWeb™ Plus System are sourced from the best products available in the market and tested thoroughly before their incorporation.
  • The oilmat is made from high quality 100% virgin black fiber with excellent chemical resistance.
  • All of our products are built with a safety factor in mind. That’s why our oilmat fabric have the highest polymer loading in the industry with a minimum 2500 g/m² or 73.7 oz/yd².
  • 1 sq. yd. (1m²) of the SAM absorbent layer absorbs up to 3.5 gallons (or 15 liters) of mineral oil.
  • Each installation follows a rigorous quality control protocol with hold points at critical steps to ensure the containment is properly installed
  • Our containments are designed to allow for vehicle access up to a max of 26,000 Kg/group of axle.
+ LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT & REGULATIONS
  • We design our secondary containment solutions to meet or exceed the EPA Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) requirements per 40 CFR 112.7, IEEE Std. 980, MOECC requirements in Canada and best practices put forward by major property insurers.
  • Meets Ministry of Environment (MOECC) requirements for projects undergoing an Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) or Renewable Energy Approval (REA).
  • Offers excellent fire quenching capabilities.
  • Delivers optimized remediation costs and protects your reputation.
  • Free draining system typically designed to fully drain within 4 hours of a 1 in 25, or 1 in 50, year rainfall event. No standing water to deal with.
  • No pump and treat required and no mechanical moving parts
  • Significant cost reductions achieved over its operating life. Requires no power supply or ongoing monitoring. Long virtually maintenance-free life.
  • Initial investment is 20% to 35% less than a typical concrete containment.
  • Predicted life surpasses that of the equipment it serves.
  • Our product is backed with a $10 million product liability insurance and a warranty. To our knowledge no other company offers this kind of assurance.
+ ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP & SUSTAINABILITY
  • Proven effective 24/7 spill and leak protection.
  • Significantly reduces environmental and economic liabilities associated with an oil spill.
  • Our proprietary polymer blends are non-toxic, non-hazardous and environmentally friendly.
  • Does not require the use of zinc pesticides to prevent biological growth.
  • Contributes to sustainability by protecting water, land and wildlife from potential oil contamination or exposure.
  • Adds to sustainability as it doesn’t require power to operate or the taxing energy consumption of pump and treat systems.
  • Environmentally responsible solution aligns well with best in class organizations that put Environmental Leadership and the centre of their core values.
+ APPLICATIONS
  • Substation Transformers of all sizes, particularly large size equipment.
  • Unmanned substations and environmentally sensitive areas where an oil spill could cause significant damage.
  • Single or multiple above ground storage tanks.
  • Can be installed both in new substations or retrofitted into existing concrete containments eliminating standing water and the need for mechanical pumps.
  • The SorbWeb™Plus secondary containment system is extremely flexible and can be designed with a multitude of configurations, from standard earthen berm perimeters to concrete walls, fibreglass or carbon fiber walls, jersey barriers, underground or above ground. Bring us your challenge and we will work together to develop the right solution.

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