InnovatioNews Post from April 18:
Gradiant Energy Services (GES), a provider of integrated water management solutions to the energy industry, today announced its mobile wastewater evaporation technology, Carrier Gas Concentration (CGC™), has been deployed as a proven evaporative disposal method for oil-and-gas operators.
CGC is GES’ fourth technology and associated service line created to address the oil-and-gas industry behind SCE™ (Selective Chemical Extraction), CGE™ (Carrier Gas Extraction) and FRD™ (Free Radical Disinfection).
For exploration and production (E&P) operators in remote, disposal-constrained areas — such as Pennsylvania and Colorado — or for operators impacted by seismicity in areas like Oklahoma looking for an alternate disposal business model, Gradiant said CGC provides a cost-effective and environmentally friendly solution to dispose of wastewater by evaporating the produced water onsite and safely releasing the vapor into the atmosphere.
Unlike other evaporation technologies, Gradiant said CGC’s innovative approach has low particulate matter emissions specification and eliminates the need to combust organics during the evaporation process.
The treatment system evaporates influent volumes in a standard unit size of 1,000 barrels per day (bpd) and can treat influent water with varying levels of total dissolved solids ranging up to 220,000 ppm.
The CGC technology is quickly deployable as a mobile system at or near a well pad and is easily re-deployable, requiring less than a week to move to a new location.
Onsite evaporation eliminates the need to truck produced water long distances over difficult terrain and the high cost of disposal through saltwater disposal wells (SWD).
CGC also provides operations with a solution to manage larger capacities of produced water by augmenting SWD capacity with evaporative disposal.
“Our CGC technology provides a solution that is financially and logistically feasible for E&P operators facing disposal challenges,” said Danny Jimenez, Gradiant Energy Services CEO.
“An operator with E&P operations in the Marcellus shale formation recently saved approximately $6/bbl on trucking and disposal costs using CGC to provide onsite flowback and produced water disposal through evaporation.”