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Water Standard and its produced water subsidiary, Monarch Separators, are strengthening their focus on the unconventional oil and gas space with a recent upgrade to their H2O Spectrum® platform technology. Now, this innovative water treatment platform provides operators a wide spectrum of affordable produced and flowback water treatment options from disposal, to recycle and reuse, or treatment for safe surface discharge.

As environmental concerns over water usage and availability continue and the volumes of produced water grow, Water Standard has responded by adding a low-cost alginate flocculant, coupled with Monarch Separators’ unique separation technologies to advance the H2O Spectrum® platform. The platform offers higher performance while remaining cost effective, which Water Standard understands is a key driver in the unconventional market.

Water Standard and Monarch Separators’ H2O Spectrum Platform Demonstration Unit

Lisa Henthorne, Chief Technology Officer at Water Standard says, “With over 3 million barrels of water being produced every day in the Permian basin alone, we know it’s getting tough to manage the volumes, especially if operators are reliant on disposal alone. We’ve performed extensive testing of our H2O Spectrum® platform throughout the U.S., and are currently active in the Permian, Denver-Julesburg, Delaware and Powder River basins. The results speak for themselves with recycle and reuse options of under 7¢ per barrel (all-in chemical costs) and safe surface discharge solutions for under $1 per barrel (all-in equipment and chemical costs). These lower costs allow operators the flexibility to reuse the water within their frac operations or opt to discharge the water safely back into the environment for other uses.”

Performance from testing a range of challenging inlet water quality with turbidity up to 700 NTU have resulted in treated water for reuse and recycle with turbidity of <2-4 NTU, oil in water down to less than 2 mg/L and iron removal to less than 1 mg/L. For more extensive surface discharge treatment, the H2O Spectrum® platform boasts 100% BTEX and TOC removal along with 99+% salinity reduction and the successful accomplishment of passing the Whole Effluent Toxicity (WET) tests required for safe surface discharge.

Produced and flowback water before and after treatment

Blend of Produced and Flowback Water after Treatment

“The success of our testing has resulted in collaborative partnerships with large E&P operators, midstream companies and various water treatment service providers to reduce salt water disposal and the subsequent loss of freshwater resources. Reusing the water for operations or treating it to levels that allow the water to be returned to the water cycle is at the heart of what we do,” added Lisa Henthorne.

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.

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.

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.

Water Standard Management is pleased to announce that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Sorbwater Technology as the exclusive supplier of their products and chemicals in the United States.

The two companies will collaborate in offering eco-friendly, cost-effective and compact oil water separation solutions for the onshore and offshore oil and gas industry. With the addition of Sorbwater technology, Water Standard continues to increase its product offering and expand its technology portfolio, thereby enhancing the company’s ability to offer economical solutions for complex water issues. Water Standard-Monarch’s design, build and integrate capabilities combined with Sorbwatr’s patented separation equipment and green chemistry, result in game-changing produced water treatment solutions that are robust, effective, and environmentally friendly.

Water Standard’s Chief Technology Officer, Lisa Henthorne, commented, “We are extremely pleased to be working with Sorbwater Technology. Developed for the stringent regulatory environment of the Norwegian offshore market, this green technology can be cost-effectively deployed to enable operators to reduce their environmental footprint and expand the recycle uses for produced and flowback water. This is something Water Standard is passionate about, and we believe it can change the way our industry values water and how the public views our industry.”

Together, the companies will build on their commitment to employ sustainable, long term water treatment solutions by designing and offering produced and flowback water treatment facilities. Sorbwater’s unique technology, a green and safe flocculent, is extracted from sea weed and enables surface discharge when used in conjunction with applicable separation technology. This reduces disposal into salt water disposal wells and eases the environmental impact of frac’ing operations.

Call +1.713.400.4777 or email us at sales@waterstandard.com for more information.

The Texas water rush
Despite the energy price turmoil, frac’ing is here to stay – and so are the opportunities for water treatment, says Amanda Brock.
Much has been written about the ‘water-energy nexus’ since this ubiquitous phrase was first coined. And even more has been written recently regarding water use in hydraulic fracturing in oil and gas production. But there has never been such a dramatic example of the interdependence of water and energy than the current frac’ing boom in a dry expanse of West Texas and New Mexico known as the Permian Basin. This area is one of the most prolific oil- and gas- producing basins in the world, changing the outlook for global energy production. As the energy sector recovers and production is once again on the rise, the focus has shifted to water as a potentially limiting factor which could act as a bottleneck to production. For companies associated with the water industry, that means opportunity.
Water is a primary element in frac’ing, which is a method for producing oil and gas where highly pressurized water and sand are injected into a well, creating tiny fractures that allow more oil and gas to be released from the shale rock. The sand props open the cracks and water delivers the sand in the formation. As frac’ing in the Permian has exploded, water has become the headline event. To put this in perspective, the number of rigs drilling in the Permian has increased from 146 to 361 since June 2016. Permian oil production is projected to be a record 2.49 million barrels in June 2017. To achieve that production level, it takes on average an estimated 300,000 barrels or more of water to frac’ a typical single well. Since 2013, water use per well is in the Permian is up 434%, and we now see the rise of mega-fracs using over 42 million barrels of water. All of this water demand is occurring in a region that receives annual rainfall of about 14 inches a year.
Issues related to water intensity have dramatically increased three interconnected factors: demand for source water to frac’; produced water volumes; and the need to dispose of produced water. On the demand side, Qingming Yang, COO of Approach Resources, estimates that at least 20 billion barrels of water will be needed to develop the remaining Permian resources. This is an enormous quantity of water that will have to come primarily from groundwater resources that are increasingly stressed. On the produced water side, Laura Capper, president of CAP Resources, estimates that roughly 4 billion barrels of water are produced from oil & gas production and extraction in the Permian every year. Again, that number is increasing in the Permian, with an average of 6.5 barrels of water produced for each barrel of oil. This vast volume of water has to go somewhere, and today, the majority of produced water volumes are disposed of into Glass II salt water disposal wells.
It’s hard to grasp the sheer enormity of these volumes and the challenges they post, particularly when you realize the Permian is only one of many oil- and gas-producing basins in the US. Research from Barclays estimates that 30% of a well’s capex is water-related, and 40-50% of opex comes from produced water management and disposal. Water costs for frac’ing in the Permian, excluding transportation costs, generally range from $1.00 to $3.00 per barrel. Operators are now facing enormous challenges related to balancing the availability of fresh water needed for frac’ing with the cost of effectively disposing of the resulting produced water. As a consequence, the opportunity to treat and recycle produced water is now gaining momentum, and Barclays estimates that reusing produced water in frac’ing could lower water costs by 45%. Not only can an operator reduce costs by recycling, but also cut water acquisition volumes, and improve sustainability.
Frac’ing is not going away, and operators have yet to solve the looming water dilemma. Therein lies the opportunity for water treatment providers. Recycling produced water for frac’ing can eliminate bottlenecks and provide operators with the secure supply of water they need to produce oil and gas, while lowering costs and minimizing disposal volumes. It’s a win for everyone, including the environment. In the Permian and beyond, the prize is too big not to get recycling right!

Water Standard, through its produced water subsidiary, Monarch Separators is pleased to successfully complete an offshore produced water filtration system for a major international oil company we’ve had a history with since the 1970’s. This filtration package is designed to treat 75,000 BWPD of oily water on an offshore platform in the gulf of Mexico and marks the second unit we have installed on this platform. The first unit, an Ultrapure Water Generation Package, provides high purity water for the platform’s boiler feedwater system and this excursion filtration package will treat the opposite process stream of produced water. The completion of these two units demonstrates our wide range of water treatment capabilities we offer our customers.

Water Standard is proud to send another completed system out the door of its recently acquired Monarch Separators Fabrication Facility in Houston. On its way to a bulk plant in Saudi Arabia, this oily water separation system employs our VFS adjustable technology to enable the operators to externally adjust the skimming level based on real-time parameters without interruption to the process or shutdown of the unit. We know our client of over 20 years will be satisfied once again!