DENVER — CH2M HILL announced that it is leading the “Cost-Effective Reverse Osmosis Concentrate Treatment and Brine Management Study” formulated by ConocoPhillips (COP), in collaboration with industry partners under the Petroleum Environment Research Forum (PERF), out of COP’s Water Centre in Doha, Qatar, according to a press release.

The study identifies and explores the application of new and more sustainable, cost-efficient water treatment technologies used in oil and gas production, stated the release.

The release reported that the study will be completed in December and will evaluate and compare applicable treatment technologies for making produced water available for beneficial reuse purposes.

CH2M HILL, following detailed analysis including life cycle cost estimation, will provide a list of recommendations the industry can apply, in the near term as well as over a longer span, to improve water discharge management, noted the release.

“Our research experience, as well as our engineering and design experience, for the oil and gas industries has given us an understanding of the unique challenges faced in implementing new technologies within the construction, operations and maintenance constraints of the oil and gas field environment,” said Jim Lozier, CH2M HILL vice president and global technology leader for Desalination and study manager. “We are excited to leverage our experience in water treatment innovation to help ConocoPhillips and its partners identify cost-effective strategies for treating produced water.”

Read the entire release here.