Archive for 2018

Water Standard, through its produced water subsidiary, Monarch Separators has successfully designed, manufactured and delivered another set of Induced Gas Flotation Systems for our long time client in Canada. Each system is designed to remove oil and solids from 150,000 bpd of produced water.

PROJECT OVERVIEW
Phase 1 of Canadian Oil Sands Expansion Project
Central Processing Facility (CPF) designed to collect and process fluids from Well Pads to produce 40,000 bpd of Bitumen

WATER STANDARD / MONARCH SEPARATORS SCOPE:
Design, engineering, fabrication, assembly, inspection and testing and long-term preservation for two IGF packages

The April Issue of Hart Energy’s Water Management Techbook is now available online. Contributing editor, Jennifer Pallanich, attempts to share some evolving best practices in water management by enlisting Water Standard’s Chief Technology Officer, Lisa Henthorne, to share her water treatment expertise as well as insight from the 45 years of practical experience from our produced water subsidiary, Monarch Separators. The article focuses on the oil and gas industry’s rapid shift to reusing and recycling produced water due to decreasing water supply, tightening regulations and environmental consciousness.

Ms. Henthorne, along with other industry experts, share insight on the benefits and challenges associated with disposal, recycle/reuse, and safe discharge of produced and flowback water.

If you are facing water treatment challenges from injection water to produced/flowback water, reach out via our contact page to see how we can help. Water Standard and Monarch Separators’ combined experience in water analysis, fabrication and operations management can help you turn your water problems into water solutions.

See pages 38-42 for the full article, “Evolving Best Practices in Water Management” in the Water Management Techbook by clicking here.

Kirk Wagner
President, Monarch Separators, A Water Standard Company

Richard Feynman was a brilliant, Nobel Prize-winning American physicist (1918-1988). His accomplishments abound. One notable accomplishment that I find particularly useful working in the Produced Water marketplace (where complexity and jargon thrive) is his technique for understanding and explaining a difficult concept, or say technology, in simple terms. His successful mental model was coined the Feynman Technique.

In its simplest form, the Feynman Technique is as follows:
1. Choose a concept.
2. Teach it to a young person.
3. Identify gaps in your explanation then return to the source material.
4. Review and simplify.

Take a concept such as Produced Water Treatment. Is it clear to you what it takes to “treat” Produced Water? Could you explain this to a 10 year old? Or try to teach it to a fresh, out of college petroleum engineer that is now responsible for your project’s technical bid tab? One gap you may find early in the teaching phase is how does one define “treat”? Does “treatment” in Texas’ Permian Basin mean the same thing as “treatment” in Colorado’s Denver-Julesburg or DJ Basin? Can you explain if “Gunbarrels” (I warned you about industry jargon) really meet “treatment” standards in both basins? I assure you when you go back to your source material, you will find complexity in your explanation that should be reviewed again and simplified.

At Water Standard and Monarch Separators we have always tried to simplify; to take a complex concept, break it down to digestible pieces and provide it back to our industry colleagues and customers in an intuitive way. Like many in the industry, we don’t always get it right but we have found that collaboration and the Feynman Technique are helpful in getting better at it. In future blog posts, we will attempt to continue the spirit of this last sentence. My colleagues will collaborate with the industry by writing about arious water-related concepts and technologies in this blog that we examine and use in our daily work.

My challenge to them and the reader is the same. While collaboration is easy, you will find that to simplify difficult concepts or technologies is hard. That is, unless you use the Feynman Technique.

Reach out if you’d like to talk further. kawagner@monarchseparators.com

Water Standard is pleased to announce the successful delivery of a membrane water treatment package to a midstream energy company, as a groundbreaking component of their gas quality upgrade project within their LPG export terminal.

This export terminal is designed to load LPG carriers for delivery to the world market to meet rising international demand for American LPG supply. The membrane water treatment package, which has not been used in this type of application before, is critical for delivering gas of appropriate quality to the terminal’s primary customer.

Consistent with its solutions-driven approach to industry challenges, Water Standard supported its client from piloting and conceptualization to scale-up and construction by evaluating several different water sources, water treatment technologies, and process configurations. The result was the most optimal treatment solution for this novel midstream application.

Ultimately, the compact membrane system was built to produce between 50-150 gpm of water from a wide range of feed water qualities and varying temperatures. Its unique configuration minimizes water demand from the facility by achieving a recovery rate of 80%.

Lisa Henthorne, Chief Technology Officer of Water Standard states, “We strive for the best solutions for the unique and often very challenging water treatment requirements our clients face. In this case, using a compact, skid mounted design to retrofit within the facility, and the ability to treat any source water at a high recovery rate, we maximized flexibility and minimized OPEX for our client.

The equipment was manufactured in Water Standard’s 22,000 square foot, ASME certified, Monarch Separators fabrication facility located in Houston, Texas.

Given the criticality of the water treatment package, the project was executed on a fast-track and is scheduled for startup in the first quarter of 2018.

Coming Soon!

January 8, 2018 · Uncategorized

Water Standard is pleased to introduce this new section to our website. Our objective is to provide insightful and relevant information that our readers will enjoy and benefit from. Stay tuned as we roll out our new blogging page!
-Water Standard Team

Water Standard is proud to announce that CEO, Amanda Brock, has been inducted into the Greater Houston Women’s Hall of Fame. This prestigious title is for leaders who have contributed significantly to the advancement of women and improved the quality of life for future generations of Houstonians. Amanda was honored at the Hall of Fame Gala held in the beautiful Royal Sonesta in Houston. The gala was a glamorous event followed by an unexpected, magical dusting of snow! We congratulate Amanda for this well-deserved recognition as she is a great role model for so many and a woman of true character.