The Petroleum Industry is a Water Handling Industry
Most people do not know, but the oil and gas industry is one of the most water-intensive industries in the world. It is both a large consumer of fresh water and a large producer of contaminated water. OriginOil’s high speed, lower energy and chemical free Electro Water Separation™ technology is ideally suited to clean up the large quantities of water used in oil and gas operations.
In natural gas operations, 3 to 5 million gallons of fresh water are used to frack a single well. The EPA estimates that around 35,000 wells are fracked every year in the United States. While fracking technology promise to unleash an abundant supply of inexpensive natural gas to power the modern world, water is quickly becoming serious limiting factor.
Additionally, the water comes back out from the wells laced with contaminants that require rapid and efficient water treatment.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, an average of 3 barrels of contaminated water is generated for each 1 barrel of oil produced. In the United States, the average is 7 barrels of water. Greentech Media reports that energy companies pay between $3 – $12 to dispose of each barrel of produced water, implying a potential world market value between $300 billion and $1 trillion per year.
OriginOil’s EWS technology was first tested on West Texas oil well “frac flowback” water in mid-2012. The result was an amazing 98% removal of hydrocarbons and other organics in a single pass.