Water Standard Successfully Delivers Membrane Water Treatment Package for First of its Kind Midstream Application
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.
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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!
As mentioned in earlier news, Amanda Brock, CEO was honored as an Innovator at Houston Business Journal’s Women in Energy Leadership Event. See press release for full story.
Dec. 7, 2016 Water Standard, a global leader in water treatment solutions for the energy industry, is pleased to announce Amanda Brock, CEO, has been recognized as an “Innovator” in the Houston Business Journal’s Women in Energy Leadership Awards.
At an exclusive dinner held in Houston, Ms. Brock was recognized for her many professional affiliations and environmental efforts over her 25+ years in the industry. Her foresight and passion for water conservation within oil and gas drove her to help found Water Standard in 2008 and the company is now recognized as a pioneer in water treatment for the energy industry. Ms. Brock believes strongly that, “We have to give back and make the environment a better place for the people we’re leaving it to.”
Viewed as an industry strategist, Ms. Brock is regularly requested to speak and participate at global events, keeping the topic of water scarcity and reuse at the forefront. She sits on several Advisory Boards and counsels Private Equity Investors, identifying global investment opportunities in the water and energy sectors. She is also a regular columnist writing on the Water Energy Nexus, for Global Water Intelligence published in Oxford, the United Kingdom.
Ms. Brock contributes her success to the team that supports and drives her. She is proud that Water Standard is successfully navigating the industry downturn as the company continues to deliver effective water treatment solutions for today’s challenges. As part of Water Standard’s strategy, Ms. Brock proactively initiated the recent acquisition of Houston-based Monarch Separators to better respond to the industry’s need to recycle and reuse produced water.
Ms. Brock serves as an inspiration and role model to those around her. She admits, “There is no Superwoman. Things can get messy but at the end of the day, it’s going to be ok.”
Amanda Brock, founder and CEO of Water Standard is to be honored at Houston Business Journal’s second annual Women in Energy Leadership Awards event to celebrate the top women of Houston’s energy companies on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at the Houstonian Hotel. The honorees were judged on their career achievement in energy, contribution to company success, community involvement and leadership. They are considered Women of Influence, Women to Watch and Innovators in the industry. The event was designed to honor the top women in executive positions at energy companies of all sizes. Learn more about the Awards Dinner HERE.
Houston, TX | July 26, 2016
Water Standard, a global leader in water treatment solutions for the energy industry, announced today that it has been awarded four separate projects by various international oil companies. Water Standard expanded its network and capabilities when it recently acquired Houston-based Monarch Separators. Together, the duo is strategically navigating the industry downturn by taking advantage of their vertical integration to offer highly effective, differentiated products at competitive pricing.
The four recent project awards include:
• The supply of Monarch Separator’s MicroFloat Flotation System, for SAGD operations in China. The system will be installed at the Zihua Treatment Station.
• A “Single Pack” Corrugated Plate Interceptor (CPI) Separator System with a polishing filter on the effluent discharge for a Fuel Oil Plant in Brownsville, Texas.
• SCPI Packs for a project offshore Angola, which Monarch Separators originally completed in 2013.
• A Hi-Flow Skid Package consisting of vessels and associated piping designed to treat produced water for a major international oil company’s offshore platform in the Gulf of Mexico.
All four projects are being manufactured in Water Standard’s newly remodeled, 22,000 square foot, ASME certified fabrication facility. Work on the projects is expected to be executed through the first quarter of 2017.
Amanda Brock, CEO of Water Standard states, “We are extremely pleased with these contract awards during such a difficult time in the industry. Water Standard has responded to the challenging market environment by delivering better designed, cost effective solutions.”
About Water Standard
Water Standard is a global water treatment specialist and recognized leader in delivering innovative solutions and services to the energy industry. The company specializes in compact modular systems and mobile onshore and offshore facilities, offering flexible contract options for products and services ranging from specialized engineering and design, to turn-key and rental systems. For more information, visit: www.waterstandard.com.
About Monarch Separators
Monarch Separators designs, engineers and manufactures various essential separation technologies for the removal of oil and solids from water produced globally by the energy industry. For more information, visit: www.monarchseparators.com