Kevin Costner spent $20M over several years and hired a team of 15 engineers to develop centrifuges to separate water from oil at up to 200 gallons per minute. BP has a contract for 32 of the centrifuges from Ocean Therapy Solutions (Kevin Costner’s company) BP tested the devices for a week and they worked as advertised.
Just one of the company’s V20 machines can clean up to 210,000 gallons of oily water per day. There are 3 V20 centrifuge machines currently operational in the Gulf. Ten more should become operational within weeks. ”Once production at our factory in Nevada ramps up in July, OTS will be able to produce 10 machines a month,” said Pat Smith, Chief Operating Officer for OTS. ”We are currently ramping up production of new machines with a goal toward deploying the machines along the entire coast,” he said.
Video shows how the centrifuge works