Integrated Treatment System Named Finalist in Platts Global Energy Awards

The Integrated Treatment System (ITS) – a solution developed by Atlanta-based Ecologix Environmental Systems for high-volume, mobile water treatment in hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) operations – has been named a finalist for the Platts Leading Technology Award for Sustainable Innovation. The award, part of the Platts Global Energy Awards (GEA) program, honors companies and individuals that transcend the status quo by exhibiting excellence in leadership, innovation and performance.

“The ITS not only enables water re-use in fracking, it creates new opportunities for the industry to adopt a more sustainable and cost-effective model for water logistics.”

The ITS improves the sustainability of fracking by offering a unique approach to water treatment, combining customizable chemical treatment and a powerful, proprietary dissolved air flotation system design that removes up to 99% of harmful solids from virtually any type of frac water.

“The Oil and Gas industries cannot reach their full potential without a sustainable water strategy behind them,” said Eli Gruber, President and CEO, Ecologix Environmental Systems. “Receiving this level of validation from a globally recognized organization like Platts demonstrates that there is real industry support for making frac water re-use a reality.”

The ITS reduces the undue stress fracking places on communities and water resources by properly treating frac flowback and produced water on-site. Frac wastewater treated with the ITS can be reused in future fracking operations or safely released back into the environment, reducing fracking’s overall environmental impact.

Frac water issues are a critical challenge to the energy sector. According to a recent survey performed by Ecologix, an overwhelming majority of oil and gas industry professionals cite frac water treatment as their top concern.

Ecologix’s technological offering to address the issue, the ITS, has strong momentum behind its commercial release. Ecologix already has signed agreements to deploy ITS systems to leading energy industry firms.

Ecologix also has agreements to set up ITS units for a water disposal firm in West Texas – a company that will use the systems to provide environmentally sound and economical alternatives to dry-well injection. The ITS will also generate an additional revenue stream, selling treated water for fracking, while positively addressing industry water supply challenges.

“Water transportation as it relates to the fracking process has tremendous inefficiencies with ‘deadheading,’ where trucks filled with used frac water go to disposal sites and then drive off empty to other sites to obtain more clean water for drilling,” explained Gruber. “The ITS not only enables water re-use in fracking, it creates new opportunities for the industry to adopt a more sustainable and cost-effective model for water logistics.”

More than 500 guests are expected to attend the black-tie dinner at New York’s Cipriani Wall Street on Thursday, November 29, when the 2012 Global Energy Awards will be presented by Platts, the energy and metals information arm of The McGraw-Hill Companies.

This publication was originally posted on BusinessWire.

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  1. Mick Ferry
    Mick Ferry On November 27, 2012 at 11:51 pm Reply

    How do you handle the salts/bromides when fracking is complete? Does this still require offsite treatment?



    • ecologixsystems
      ecologixsystems On November 28, 2012 at 3:07 pm Reply

      Mick, thanks for the question. It is important to apply the “reuse” frame of reference when discussing these constituents.

      Salts – NaCl, Ca, K, SO4. These constituents will remain in the water and are not intended to be removed. There is a great demand within domestic onshore drilling practices to reuse highly saline water on future wells, because water entirely devoid of salts causes swelling in clay formations, blocking hairline fissures and reducing the overall productivity of the well.

      Bromides – In general, Bromides are not seen as a constituent of concern for reuse applications. We evaluate each treatment application on a case-by-case basis, and look at formation characteristics, raw water quality, and treated water expectations, then determine the most effective and economical treatment process to put in place, with the core treatment process being centered around the ITS chemical precipitation process.

      If the end goal for the water treatment is direct discharge to the environment, of course salts and bromides would have to be addressed – you might apply one of the thermal technologies like evaporation, cavitation, or distillation. Depending on salinity levels you could potentially use a membrane filtration process, like Reverse Osmosis. However, the way the industry and government regulatory bodies are moving, treatment for reuse is becoming the standard, so salts and bromides do not directly affect water reuse requirements.

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