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GOLDEN, COLORADO, Sept 13, 2016 – Former U.S. Senator Pete Domenici announced today that IX Power Clean Water’s (www.ixwater.com) treatment technology developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory can eliminate earthquakes in Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado and other oil producing states by eliminating the need to inject oil and gas wastewater into deep wells.
Last week, Oklahoma was hit with the largest earthquake in the state’s history. It was felt from North Dakota to Houston. Once very geologically active, Oklahoma is riddled with fault lines that are susceptible to the un-stability caused by the reinjection below the water table of “produced water” – wastewater – from oil and gas operations in the region. By most accounts there are more than 10,000 such wells in the state.
“There is no need for earthquakes because there is no longer a need to inject produced water from industry operations,” said Senator Domenici, who championed energy innovation during his 36 years in the Senate representing New Mexico. “The IX Water OG system was conceptualized, built, and tested by a team of scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico Tech, and the University of Texas, and makes it possible to effectively and cost-efficiently treat produced water for reuse. The energy industry can thereby eliminate the re-injection practice while transforming waste into a safe asset for thirsty farms and ranches, or recycled for O & G operations.”
Los Alamos National Laboratory began a concerted effort to develop an effective way of treating produced water some 10 years ago. For seven years, Dr. Jeri Sullivan-Graham at the U.S. DOE lab at Los Alamos, with participation from scientists at New Mexico Tech and the University of Texas, researched and tested what is now known as IX Water OG (for oil & gas). The patent was obtained by IX Power Clean Water in a U.S. DOE tech-transfer and commercialization agreement.
Today the IX Water OG complete treatment train offers the least expensive solution for treating produced water for both onshore and offshore operations, at the site of origination, or at a centralized facility.
“With IX Water OG we are shaking up the industry’s perceptions of how to treat produced water,” said John R. (Grizz) Deal, CEO of IX Power Clean Water. “We have introduced a technology that introduces no chemicals in the water, and eliminates the creation of a mass of dangerous waste from used filters. This newest version perfects our system so that we can create even greater efficiencies in removing 99.95% of the contaminants out of produced water and clean it so it can be safely reused for crop irrigation, livestock watering, and back on the pad for production. And we can continue to hold to our objective of providing clean water for 23 to 37 cents per barrel, for systems ranging in size from 2,500 to 50,000 barrels per day, per system.”
Not to be confused with ‘fracking water or ‘frack flowback water, produced water is naturally occurring water that comes up with the oil and gas from a drilled formation, after the well has been completed. Produced water is the largest class of waste product generated by the industry and is contaminated with a mix of metals, organic hydrocarbons, metalloids, scalants, naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM), and other elements dangerous to humans, animals and plants.
While sand, mud, and free-floating oil and grease are easy to remove, the most difficult to remove compounds are those dissolved within the water. Of these, the chief concerns are metals and BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes) – carcinogens that in addition to cancer can cause nervous system disorders, birth defects, eventual death, and even immediate death with enough direct exposure.
The IX Water OG system is comprised of standardized modules that can be connected for virtually unlimited scalability. Using no chemicals or disposable filters, the system’s unique media adsorbs the onerous contaminants. This media can then be recharged and used again eliminating the need for an endless of supply of one-use filters that create its own hazardous waste problem. Each transportable IX Water OG module treats 2,000 – 2,500 barrels of water per day. These modules can be ganged together to create system large enough to treat up to 50,000 barrels per day.
IX Water Clean Power manufactures and installs each treatment system, and can do so either as a stand-alone operation or integration with an existing system. The company also provides training, technical support, and maintenance even though the IX Water OG systems are simple enough for a part-time operator to manage all functions.
IX Power Clean Water has also partnered with facility operators around the world, providing industry with many options for acquiring, paying, and managing produced water treatment. For example, IX Water Clean Power and its regional partners can provide industry with a complete turn-key system and/or treatment operations on a per-barrel basis.
IX Power Clean Water, a member of IX Power, LLC, is a spin-out company from Los Alamos National Laboratory. In addition to its headquarters in Golden, Colorado, the company has offices in New Mexico and Latvia, and is building plants in Montana and China.
For more information, visit www.IxWater.com or call 1+303-277-9520.