SPI Oil Spill Containment Products & Systems

SPI, Solidification Products International, is the leader in producing state-of-the-art spill containment products and systems.


                                     SPI products in use at a hydro facility

SPI technology has led to the development of passive oil containment systems that offer 24/7/365 protection from the release of oil, whether a faint sheen or a full blown spill. These systems are particularly important for unmanned containment areas where oil contaminated storm water could runoff or overflow into the environment. SPI’s endeavors have resulted in being granted six U.S. and four Canadian patents with other U.S. and foreign patents pending. 

In addition to effectively trapping oil, the media in SPI products will physically react with oil to instantly form a plug thus preventing any oil from being discharged from an SPI product or containment system. Many materials absorb oil but only SPI offers products that guarantee maximum performance: No oil has ever escaped an SPI product.  


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Over the years, thousands of SPI Petro-Plugs®, SPI Petro-Pipes®, SPI-Petro-Barriers™ and custom made oil absorbing products have been installed across the United States, Canada and throughout the world. All have performed up to or beyond expectations. SPI continues to find solutions to even the most difficult environmental problems related to contamination from oil, hydrocarbons and  related materials. Our capabilities range from retrofitting storm drains for 100% oil spill containment to engineering and manufacturing custom products for a multitude of applications that are vital to all industries that seek to protect the environment.



SPI continues to develop new products and expand the capabilities of current products. Recently  SPI has added custom-sized heating blankets for its SPI-Petro-Barriers™ and their external filters to allow the Barriers to perform in freezing weather.

With the aid of a sump pump, SPI can now collect and treat subsurface water by pumping the potentially contaminated water through a SPI-Petro-Barrier™. This configuration of a SPI-Petro-Barrier™  is designated as a Pump-Thru-Barrier and is one of our most popular products.

Following is a brief description of some our most popular products. Contact us to learn more about how we can design a solution for your needs.


SPI Petro-Plugs® come in a range of sizes and are fitted into floor drains

SPI Patented Petro-Plugs® are designed primarily to fit into floor drains where they allow water to drain off but filter out oil sheen and low levels of hydrocarbons.  They instantly seal in the event of a spill, preventing the escape of any oil or hydrocarbons.   Installed vertically, Petro-Plugs® are for indoor use in boiler rooms, garages, warehouses and basements or any area where oil or hydrocarbons are present.  They can also be installed in small outdoor applications where SPI-Petro Barriers™ or Petro-Pipes® are not required.  Petro-Plugs® have a special gasket that provides a water tight seal without the use of sealants.  They are easy to install and remove. 

To download a brochure about Petro Plugs click here.

                                      Petro-Plugs come in a range of sizes  


SPI Petro-Pipes® allow for near horizontal discharge from containment areas

SPI Petro-Pipes® are designed for areas where vertical drainage is difficult or impossible, in such areas where the water table may be too high or the soil resists drainage because of high clay content.  These conditions require that the discharge of treated rainwater from the containment area be situated at a level below the surface of the containment area.  This can be accomplished by excavation of the area just outside the containment area and angling the Petro-Pipe® downward to the excavated area or by connecting the Petro-Pipe® to a discharge system that directs the treated water away from the containment area to a lower elevation.


To download a brochure about regular Petro-Pipes click here.        

To download a brochure about Green Petro-Pipes for vegetable-based oils click here.


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Click to download an article from Western Energy Magazine about installations of SPI Petro-Pipes®  at Avista Utilities substations. Avista Article from Western Energy magazine


SPI-Petro-Barriers are designed to accommodate large volumes of rainwater

SPI-Petro-Barriers™ are designed to accommodate large volumes of rainwater where the water has been directed to a low point in the system where the SPI-Petro-Barrier™ Plug can be installed for vertical drainage.  For very large volumes of rainwater, more than one SPI-Petro-Barrier™ may be required.  SPI-Petro-Barriers™ are custom made for each individual facility and the larger diameter units can treat more than 100 gallons per minute of contaminated rainwater. 

To download a brochure about SPI-Petro-Barriers click here.                  

To download information about installing SPI-Petro-Barriers click here.

To download information about maintaining  SPI-Petro-Barriers click here.    

To download information about maintaining SPI-Petro-Barrier pre-filters click here.



SPI Patented Pump-Thru-Barriers for continuous treatment of  sump water.

SPI Pump-Thru-Barriers™ are a popular product because of their versatility and durability. The gauge mounted on the intake line measures the rate of flow of water passing into the Barrier. When the flow decreases to a certain rate it is time to changes filters. With the recent addition of an external filter this is a simple process. The external plastic case is removed and the treated paper filter inside is replaced and the apparatus is re-attached for use. 


To download a brochure about Pump-Thru-Barriers click here.      

To download information about maintenance of Pump-Thru-Barriers click here.


The Pump-Thru-Barriers™ can be used in a wide range of facilities to clean sump water of hydrocarbons while allowing clean water to flow through.


SPI Storm Water SPI-Petro-Barriers™ for Municipal & Industrial Water Systems

SPI’s Storm Water SPI-Petro-Barriers™ provide the quintessential oil-spill containment system for any Industrial and Municipal Setting where hydrocarbons are may occur.  Now you can guarantee total compliance by completely isolating any designated area from all threats of an Oil-Spill that could potentially contaminate public waterways and/or municipal sewer lines.

These systems allow huge volumes of rainwater to drain freely while simultaneously sequestering any and all oil sheens and spills … affording you complete peace-of-mind.

To download a brochure about Storm Water SPI-Petro-Barriers™ click here.      

To download information about maintaining Storm Water SPI-Petro-Barriers™ click here.


SPI Containment Liners and Berms

Sea-Image Corporation and SPI offer their customers only secure and long-lasting containment liners.

Following is a comparison of current practices with the improvements SPI has made to ensure that the containment systems we supply are more secure and last longer.

1.  Fabric.

The most widely used conventional fabric for chemical containment is 60 mil High Density Polyethylene (HDPE). We use XR-5 8130 (30 mil), XR-5 8138 (40 mil) and other specialty scrim reinforced geo-membranes which are superior to 60 mil HDPE in many ways:

  • Puncture Resistance- XR-5 has 2 to 3 times the puncture resistance of 60 mil HDPE.
  • Yield Strength- XR-5 has 2 times the yield strength of 60 mil HDPE.
  • Weight- XR-5 is lighter than 60 mil HDPE making it easier and cheaper to transport to the site.
  • Thermal Expansion/Contraction- XR-5 has 22 times less thermal expansion/contraction than HDPE so there is a reduced risk that a liner installed in summer will undergo extreme contraction during the winter. This contraction puts stresses on seams and the fabric. There is also less stress due to freeze/thaw cycles.
  • Rigidity- 60 mil HDPE is rigid so it is difficult to form around corners. XR-5 is much more flexible for easier handling and fitting. There is less waste of liner material and reduced installation costs.
  • Long-Life- XR-5 is highly UV stable, and because of its ethylene interpolymer alloy (EIA) coating is resilient to environmental stress cracking, and high loads.

2.  Seams.

The current standard in the industry is to bring in rolls of HDPE and tape them together in the field often with a product similar to duct tape. This results in seams which may be damaged during installation or weakened due to the weather conditions during the install. It is difficult to quality test these taped seams without risk of damage to the seam.  

Our liners are custom fabricated at the factory using RF welding to reduce the need to do seams in the field. The seams done in the field are heat welded by trained personnel then quality tested to assure seal integrity. There are fewer seams per project compared to HDPE with a higher standard of quality.



3. Corners and Penetrations.

The weakest parts of any HDPE liner are the corners or penetrations for piping or conduits. The many intersecting seams cause stress points that are a recipe for failure.  

The corners and pipe penetrations of our liners are custom fabricated at the factory so that these stresses are eliminated. Piping and conduits are protected by heat sealed boots rather than the use of sealant products such as caulking or bentonite.


4.  Attachment to the concrete containment.

In many conventional liners the attachment point to the concrete is a taped edge. This becomes a point of weakness over time as the tape fails.

Our liners use a mechanical attachment with aluminum batten strips that are bolted to the concrete. 

5. Management of rainwater while ensuring containment during an oil spill.

Conventional systems often do not have a system for effectively draining away rainwater while ensuring the integrity of the containment in the case of an oil spill. 

Our system uses patented SPI Petro-Pipes® or SPI-Petro-Barriers™  for risk-free containment of oil while allowing rainwater to drain freely. These are not just an add-on, but are incorporated into the liner design to ensure high efficiency and complete safety.



We supply liners that are made of superior materials and are fabricated better. This results in improved performance and reduced costs at installation and while in use.



  • 100% "Sealed" Systems Unlike Any Competitor
  • Custom Designed to Meet Your Specifications
  • Clean Ergonomic Designs
  • Exceptionally Strong XR-5 Material
  • SPI Liners Satisfy All US EPA and State Regulations
  • Chemical, Hydrocarbon and UV Resistant
  • Factory RF Welded Seams, No Glues or Adhesives
  • Liners Are Bolted In with Aluminum Strapping - Never Glued
  • Welded Pipe Boots for All Penetrations

  • Patented Technology
  • Point Source Directed Discharge- Unlike Any Competitor
  • No Seams Will Ever Come Unglued
  • Durable Design for Long Term Wear
  • Economical, Competitively Priced
  • SPI Uses Large Panel Fabrication Requiring Fewer Field  Seams

  • Worry-Free Technology – We Have Never Had a Product    Failure in the History of the Company!
  • No Leaks Ever or ANYWHERE
  • Entire System is Specially Designed to Direct All Rainwater Through a Completely SEALED Drainage System!


Click here to download a document of a Petro-Pipe Liner installation for oil spill containment.

Containment Berms

SPI Containment Berms include collapsible, quick-setup straps for interior or exterior use with rigid angle supports that provide wall stability for horizontal drainage. SPI also offers lift and lock wall support where the wall support is built into the berm. This requires no interior or exterior straps and thus eliminates trip hazards. Most SPI Berm Systems utilize a Petro-Pipe® to prevent oil or hydrocarbon release into the environment but their sturdy structure makes them ideal for containment of hazardous wastes. Before use the berm material should be tested to be sure the hazardous waste does not cause any deterioration of the berm material. SPI Berms are ideal for decontamination of personnel and equipment where the wash water is contained until it is removed by a vacuum truck.


SPI Oil Bond® is an EPA National Contingency Plan approved oil absorbent

A solidification particulate that is listed on the EPA's National Contingency Plan (NCP) Schedule, Oil Bond® is applied directly to oil on water or solid surfaces. Oil in water is absorbed into the Oil Bond® and rapidly turns into a solid cohesive material that is removable from water. Oil Bond® is available in 10-pound pails and 40-pound bags.  

Click here to download a copy of the acceptance letter from the EPA

Click here to download a copy of the Oil Bond® MSDS.

How Oil Bond® Works

A cup full of water with oil floating on the surface has Oil Bond® applied to the oil.  

Oil Bond® is applied to the oil and immediately absorbs the oil while turning darker in color.

After a few minutes the cup can be inverted and the solidified oil and water are retained.  No liquid escapes.  

The solidified oil is removed in one piece leaving uncontaminated water.


SPI WaterBond™ Quickly Absorbs Large Volumes of Aqueous Liquids

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SPI WaterBond is a granular polymer that quickly transforms large volumes of sludge, mud and other aqueous-based liquids into a dry, firm semi-solid without a significant volume increase. Because of its high absorbency, only a small amount of SPI WaterBond is required to treat large volumes of liquids. SPI WaterBond is particularly useful for material destined for landfill disposal.

SPI WaterBond’s uses include:
  - paint sludge
  - ink sludge
  - sewer sludge
  - drilling mud
  - drummed aqueous waste
  - de-icing fluid spills
  - heavy metal sludge

A Superior Solution To Conventional Absorbents

Depending on the waste’s chemical nature and pH, SPI WaterBond typically absorbs 25 to 500 times its dry weight, with absorbencies of 60-250%. This is far superior to conventional absorbents such as clay, fly ash and cement, and can help your company comply with EPA requirements to reduce waste volume.

Transportation problems common to conventional absorbents are also eliminated, since SPI WaterBond locks free liquid into a semi-solid form that retains integrity during transportation load shifts or pressures of 50 psi or more.

Click here to download a copy of the WaterBond™ MSDS


SPI Oil Spill Containment and Water Treatment Systems

Technically Advanced and Functionally Simple


More information about all of these products can also be found on the Solidification Products International (SPI) website at www.oilbarriers.com

To download an overview of SPI products click here.

To contact Sea-Image Corporation about availability and pricing of these products please contact John Edwards at Sea-Image Corporation.