Oil Trap

oil trap

[′ȯil ‚trap]
(geology)
An accumulation of petroleum which, by a combination of physical conditions, is prevented from escaping laterally or vertically. Also known as trap.

Oil Trap

 

a structure for recovering oil and petroleum products from industrial effluents. An oil trap is a concrete or rein-forced-concrete tank (horizontal sump) divided by longitudinal walls into two or more sections that operate in parallel. Oil traps recover up to 98 percent of the petroleum products.

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"At this time we don't have enough information on a number of key characteristics, such as the likelihood of a reservoir, the nature of the hydrocarbons or the presence of an oil trap keeping the reserves in place," the Noble exec said, responding to a question from the Mail.
"Rainwater can also be collected from hard-standing areas such as car parks and the quality of run-off water should be good enough not to need extra treatment other than an oil trap.
* Standard fuel filter with water separator and oil trap to help reduce maintenance and service time
Other improvements include a standard fuel filter with water separator and oil trap. Internal and external sound levels on the L50E have been reduced by a full 3 dB(A), making it much quieter and more comfortable for the operator.
An oil trap is fitted as standard equipment to the crankcase ventilation line.
In terms of cost of production, main factors include the geographical nature of the oil trap. All the latest technologies and administrative excellence in the world would still come short of matching the advantages of the economies of scale, driving profitability of national oil companies and those in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries in particular, experts agree.
With 3-D maps of underground rock layers, oil companies can zero in on an oil trap in the Gulf, anchor platforms like Ram-Powell, and determine the right spot to drill.