Aqua-Pure Ventures, a premier recycler of oil field and shale gas wastewater, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Fountain Quail, was presented with the Water Management of the Year award by The Oil & Gas Year for its innovative NOMAD and ROVER water treatment systems. The award was presented at an event on May 30, 2014 during which The Oil & Gas Year launched its Eagle Ford, Texas Shale 2014 book.
Treating wastewater produced during the hydraulic fracturing process constitutes one of the major challenges of unconventional gas and oil exploration. Produced water – that is water that flows back from the well after fracking – is usually not only several times more saline than sea water, but also contains chemicals harmful to humans and their environment, including radioactive elements.
Wastewater generated from oil and gas operations is highly variable and therefore very difficult to treat. Traditional methods – membranes, ion exchange, etc. – are most effective when treating water with consistent levels of specific contaminants. Variations in the types and concentrations of contaminants cause these systems to fail, requiring frequent cleaning or recalibration. Because every load is different and scaling is inevitable, the equipment must be rugged, durable, resistant to fouling and easy to service and maintain.
Fountain Quail’s evaporator technology, developed over the past decade in the extreme environments of Canada’s oil fields and North Texas’ Barnett Shale, is capable of producing pure distilled water regardless of the feed composition.
Aqua-Pure returns between 75 and 95 percent of the producer’s feed volume as distilled fresh water, which can then be re-used on-site or safely discharged into local waterways.
On receiving the award, Jake Halldorson, the CEO of Aqua-Pure, said “We are honoured to receive such recognition from an industry expert, especially in light of their recently released in-depth analysis on Texas Shale plays. Water reuse and recycling is decidedly becoming a Company necessity, particularly in draught-affected regions within the oil plays in Texas.”
The Oil & Gas Year is a series of annual executive reports on more than 30 oil and gas territories with a global readership of 69,000 readers in 101 countries. The reports are essential business tools for energy investors, highlighting and promoting key actors and opportunities.
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