About Magnum Spill Buster

The Magnum Spill Buster™ is an automated free-phase petroleum contamination pumping system. It is specifically designed to remove NAPL petroleum product from the water table via a 2″ or larger diameter well. Its unique auto-seeking device allows the pump intake to automatically follow the elevation of the oil/water interface as it fluctuates throughout the entire length of the well. The Magnum Spill Buster will not pump any amount of water.

Pumps Oil Not Water!

The system can be wired to 115 VAC or 230 VAC power or is capable of true 24 VDC deep cycle battery/solar panel operation for remote site locations.

Optional water depression can be added to the system through a Clean Earth Technology Water Depression Module and a Grundfos Redi-Flo 3 water pump. The Magnum is also very compatible with vacuum extraction systems when a dual-phase recovery system is desired.

The Magnum Spill Buster™ system is composed of three interactive modules:

Control Box

The Magnum Spill Buster™ Control Box coordinates and displays the condition of the system operation. The control box also allows certain system parameters to be varied according to site requirements.

The NEMA 4 weatherproof enclosure with its connector “pouch” (shown on the right with its protective cover) provides easy access to the cables, adjustable controls, and AC wiring.

The input power to the Control Box is 110-120 VAC. Therefore, the box must be located outside of any hazardous areas. If your site conditions require the box to be placed farther than 25′ from the wellhead, we can build custom-sized cable lengths to accommodate the extra length required. If the panel must be located in a hazardous location, CET can provide an explosion-proof enclosure (Class 1, Div 1, Groups B, C, and D).

Cable terminations within the connector pouch utilize our unique, size‑coded SLIMLINE connectors that pull through underground conduits easily and are color-coded for intuitive placement. They are extremely rugged and very easy to clean.

Black control box
Black control box
Auto Seeker
Autoseeker system surrounded by stones

Auto Seeker

The Auto Seeker is a small, motorized, reel assembly that automatically raises and lowers the probe to follow the NAPL interface through the entire depth of the well. This makes the system operation highly efficient even with large changes in the level of the groundwater.

This self-winding feature also means that routine maintenance of the product pump is a matter of pushing a button to reel the probe to the top of the wellhead, eliminating the need to haul an oil-covered cable up by hand to spread out all over the ground.

The Standard Auto Seeker is not rated explosion-proof and should be mounted outside of all classified hazardous zones. Refer to applicable codes for your site to determine how the Auto Seeker should be installed. On many sites, it is possible to remove the Standard Auto Seeker from the classified hazardous area by raising it above the wellhead. For example, the use of a wood or metal scaffold such as the one pictured on the right may accomplish this.

If the Auto Seeker must be located in a hazardous location, CET can provide an explosion-proof enclosure, utilizing Mil-Spec sealed connectors. This version is certified for use in Class1, Div1, Groups B, C, and D locations and may be mounted directly on the wellhead as shown on the right.

Probe
Black and silver probe

Probe

The Magnum Spill Buster Probe is certified NEC 2011, Section 500 compliant for use in the Class 1, Div 1 area within recovery wells. The 1.93” diameter probe contains the patented ALPHA ARRAY™ interface sensors, as well as a small but powerful 12vdc electric product pump. These sensors are noncontact, fluid-interface sensors that are a spin‑off of spacecraft fuel gauging developed for NASA. The use of this interface sensor in the environmental industry is unique. Since it is a noncontact sensor, it is highly immune to fouling, which is a problem with virtually all other types of sensing methods (including conductive, float, optical, and even radiofrequency methods).

The pump used in the Magnum is a modified off-the-shelf, diesel fuel pump. This pump is a rugged and chemically resistant roller vane unit capable of pumping up to 46 gallons (174 liters) per hour of low viscosity liquids (up to 12 Cp, see system specifications below).

Also Included With Every Standard System:

  • A recovery tank overflow sensor with 30′ of cable
  • 30′ set of auto seeker and probe cable extensions
  • 50′ of nylon discharge tubing with bung
Probe
Black and silver probe

Features and Benefits

  • All-modular system installs in 20 minutes
  • Pumps only product; the water stays behind‑no costly, messy, surface separation
  • Keeps on pumping through temperatures of -40 to 60°C
  • 24/7 automatic operation yields steady, impressive, results
  • Quiet and low profile‑doesn’t draw attention in public places
  • Speedy, no-fuss maintenance
  • Uses less power to operate than a 60-watt bulb
  • Technical support from the designer and manufacturer is only a phone call away

Accessories:

Immediate Response Box

The Immediate Response Box (I.R. Box) is a rugged plastic box that contains a Magnum Spill Buster system. The I.R. Box provides an extremely portable system to start removal of product in a 2″ or larger well with minimal equipment setup. A large, forged shackle is attached to one end of the box for security.

The I.R. Box can easily be carried in a small pickup or van. The basic setup involves mounting the Auto Seeker onto the wellhead, connecting the product tank discharge tube and overflow sensor to the product tank and connecting the Auto Seeker and probe signal cables to the control panel mounted in the I.R. Box.

The system is powered by 115VAC from an extension cord or is hardwired, or cables can be provided to operate the system from a 24-volt deep cycle battery setup (two 12-volt batteries connected in series).

Black immediate response box with yellow wheels
Black immediate response box with yellow wheels
Solar panel on the grass beside control module
Solar panel on the grass beside control module

Solar Panel Charging Option

For sites with no utility connection available, batteries with a photovoltaic recharging system (solar panels) can fully power the Magnum Spill Buster. The solar panel charging system includes the panels, a heavy-duty frame, and mounting hardware, deep-cycle batteries, a waterproof control box with a regulator, and custom cabling. Configuration of the charging system (size and number of panels) primarily depends on the location of the site and the amount of sunlight available. The duty cycle, or percentage of time the system will run, is also determined by the amount of product present at the site.

Water Depression Option

A secondary water pump can be used to create a huge hydraulic funnel that pulls product towards the well from greater distances than attainable with product skimming alone.

Dual pump product recovery operation can be accomplished with the Magnum Spill Buster System plus a water depression control module and a Grundfos Redi-Flo 3 SQE-NE pump sized to your well (the minimum well diameter required is four inches). The Magnum water depression system is designed specifically to take advantage of all the features of the Grundfos Redi-Flo 3 SQE-NE pump.

This module obtains its water level signals and control logic from the Magnum system control box and in turn, controls water flow by using the soft start feature of the Grundfos pump to turn it on and off. Clean Earth Technology offers this line of Grundfos submersible pumps with NEC fittings to safely bring the high-level AC voltage through the recovery zone to the pump.

A set of normally open contacts is provided for use with a safety override probe, which will shut down the water pump when closed.

Black control module with cover
Black control module with cover
Table showing water depression example
Table showing water depression example
Black control module with cover
Black control module with cover
Table showing water depression example
Table showing water depression example
Magnum In Enosberg Fall XP
Man in blue boiler suit putting tube in red and white barrel
Steel explosion-proof box with wires
Steel explosion-proof box with wires

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