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For the oil & gas industry, OriginOil is helping clean up produced water and recycle fracking water, to reduce harm to the environment and lower costs.


“The first pass results showed not 70-75% removal of hydrocarbons as is typical of current technology, but 98%. We realized then that this could be a game-changer for the oil and gas industry.”

-Andrew Komor, vice president for environmental water at PACE Engineering.

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.

98% Removal

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.

OriginOil Demonstrates its EWS Petro™ Process in Texas to Industry & Media 

Video: OriginOil Demonstrates its EWS Petro™ Process in Texas to Industry & Media

Clean-Frac™ is Tested at Lost Hills — Success! 

Video: Clean-Frac™ is Tested at Lost Hills — Success!

Test Results and Demonstrations

EWS achieved up to a 99.9% extraction of oil and 99.5% removal of suspended solids.


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