New EWS technology treats frac water in Monterey shale

Water treatment plant
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Last month a commercial scale 1200 bbl/day Pearl Blue™ treatment system was installed by Pearl H20; an affiliate of PACE and a licensee of OriginOil. The new system began a performance testing phase for treating frac flowback and produced water from the Monterey shale formation.

The Pearl Blue treatment system embeds Electro Water Separation™ (EWS) technology into a complete mobile system which attempts to be the most cost effective way to deliver fracking fluid with no scaling salts. Removing scale is an essential step in recycling flowback water. Recycling water in this manner saves fresh water – a scarce commodity in California – and reduces the heavy trucking and disposal costs involved in hydraulic fracturing.

“The Pearl Blue System is a complete engineered solution that provides the optimal treatment of flowback or produced water in a cost effective turnkey package. The system provides high quality treatment necessary for reuse, removes the majority of scaling salts, and provides a clear, odourless, oil free, water ready for reuse,” said Andy Komor, VP of Environmental Water for PACE. “We are demonstrating the unit to a number of interested parties over the next few weeks and believe the demand for a system that efficiently cleans water continuously to our high standard is huge for the Oil and Gas Industry.”

“We are excited that our first licensee has built the first commercial scale system in the world that incorporates our EWS technology,” Bill Charneski, President of OriginOil’s Oil & Gas Division, stated. “We have a great deal of confidence in the performance anticipated from Pearl Blue.”

Pearl H20 was the first company to participate in OriginOil’s “Powered by OriginOil™” strategy of deploying its unique technology across global markets to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) who will integrate it seamlessly into their systems and under their own brand.

“Pearl H20 has done an exceptional job of engineering our technology into its industrial-grade Pearl Blue system,” said Riggs Eckelberry, OriginOil CEO. “We intend to fully support their rollout of a system that specializes in de-scaling water for safe frack water recycling.”

Under the terms of the OEM agreement, OriginOil has granted a license to Pearl H2O to bundle OriginOil’s high-speed and chemical-free CLEAN-FRAC technology within Pearl H2O’s complete frac water cleanup system.

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