The fiberglass spill containment system from Fibergrate Composite Structures Inc. is designed to protect workers and the environment against contamination from spills at oil and gas well sites. The system features a uniform flat surface for the placement of heavy mobile drilling rigs, frac and other equipment, while providing a trip-free environment for workers. The system includes a large fiberglass-reinforced pan with corrosion-resistant resin, covered with traffic-bearing, slip-resistant, high-load molded grating. The modular system enables multiple pans to be set up in various arrangements.

With hundreds of thousands of gallons of water being used to create cracks and crevices to remove oil and gas from shale, the chance for ancillary spills at a well site is quite high, says Brad Gornik, oil and gas market manager for Dallas-based Fibergrate. “Anytime you have a five-gallon spill on the Marcellus Shale, it’s a reportable event to the Department of Environmental Protection.”

Spills can result in fines, or the possibility of having a well site shut down, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars a day in lost production.

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To protect against spills and groundwater contamination, companies are covering their sites with 40-mil polypropylene plastic. Gornik says doing so can cost about $80,000 for a 60,000-square-foot site. And when the plastic tears, it must be replaced.

“That’s where we come in,” he says. “We provide a reusable, 8 1/2- by 24 1/2-foot fiberglass pan.”

Eight 4- by 6-foot gratings (1 1/2-inches thick) fit inside the 2 1/2-inch tall pan. Spillage flows through the grating into the pan, where it is contained and can be pumped out. Unlike rolled plastic, the containment pan’s flat surface eliminates puddling and runoff.

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To cover an area larger than 60,000 square feet, pans can be connected using a U-shaped aluminum cap. The grating comes in 1 1/2-inch fiberglass HLC (high load capacity) for heavy truck traffic, as well as 1 1/2- or 2-inch square mesh for less demanding use. One pan can hold from 200 to 225 gallons of liquid, depending on the size of the mesh.

The containment system takes about a day to install and can be moved by forklift. When not in use, pans and grating can be stacked for storage. 972/250-1633;

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