Recycling wa ter for frack ing can cut down on huge expenses, especially with technology presented at the GPS by Ecosphere Energy Services.
A subsidiary of Ecosphere Technologies, the process allows operators to both replace chemicals on the front end of a frack and then treat and re-use 100 per cent of the flowback and produced water.
Housed in a 53-foot trailer that goes from frack pad to frack pad, Ecosphere’s new Ozonix EF80 mobile treatment system processes up to 80 barrels of frack water per minute (four million gallons per day). The patented system cleans the water with enviro-friendly ozone, acoustic and hydrodynamic cavitation, and electro oxidation. The result is treated water with no waste stream.
Corey McGuire, marketing director of Ecosphere says the technology helps to eliminate the use of chemicals. It can also regain environmental benefits and eliminate air issues as well as the need for big trucks.
“Since the technology is used on site, it also eliminates the cost of storage, disposal and water acquisition costs. Clients like it because it can be done in real time.”
The water doesn’t go back into the environment, but can be stored into an inert product, allowing the water to be reused in operations.
The company has treated more than one billion gallons of water on nearly 500 oil and gas wells to date. It`s now in action in three states. Ecosphere recently partnered with the Blackfeet Nation in Montana to provide water treatment services to oil and gas companies exploring the tribe’s territory.
Robbie Cathey, CEO and COO of Ecosphere, says the company would like to offer services in Canada and is eager to start dialogue with companies that have the infrastructure and support.