Sorbwater Conducts Pilot Program in Middle East to Test Produced Water Treatment Technology

Sorbwater Solution Combines High-Performance Separation Equipment and Innovative Flocculent Extracted from Seaweed

Sorbwater Technology AS, a Norway-based company that has developed a patented technology capable of cleaning oil and other substances from water, announced that it has completed its first deliveries and is now engaged in a pilot project in the Middle East to clean produced water without any discharge and recover fresh water for reuse.

As part of the complete process, the produced water is being cleaned using Sorbwater’s innovative technology from an oil-in-water content of about 100ppm down to 1ppm oil in water. This will enable the use of a desalination process to remove the salt from the water so it can be reused as process or wash water. Achieving this level of cleaning is an enabler for desalination and reuse of produced water in the whole region.

The pilot commenced in January 2016 and is well underway. If successful, the Sorbwater system will be deployed in several plants, with each installation treating between 200,000 – 300,000 bbl/day of produced water, thus saving valuable ground water resources and reducing costs of disposal of wastewater. The trial is in the range of 400bbl/day.

“The pilot is now about 50 percent complete, and results to date are excellent. A successful pilot will represent a breakthrough for reusing such water in the region and achieving zero liquid discharge,” said Kenneth Olsvik, CEO of Sorbwater Technology.

Sorbwater’s solution uses a combination of high performance separation equipment and an innovative flocculent that is extracted from seaweed. Called Sorbfloc®, it is a totally “green” product from the hydrocolloid family able to attach to even the smallest particles or oil droplets in water. It is characterized by excellent cross linking capabilities that, when activated according to Sorbwater’s process, instantly and irreversibly flocculate pollution in water to large, easy separable super-strong flocks.