SYDNEY, Australia, July 7, 2009 -- EESTech's thermal desalination JetWater system will be used by their licensee Impulse Hydro, in a major contract for a coal seam gas producer.
In line with recent Queensland Government policy changes, coal seam gas producers are increasingly under pressure to implement self-managed water treatment.
Under current legislation, the water that is extracted from the coal seams in order to release coal seam gas must be treated in order to avoid classification as waste product.
CSG water is predominantly disposed of in evaporation ponds ranging from 1-100 hectares in area. Limited quantities of untreated CSG water are also used for feeding stock, coal washing and related petroleum activities.
The Queensland Government has determined that evaporation ponds are to be discontinued as a primary means for the disposal of CSG water. Remediation of existing evaporation ponds will occur within three years.
EESTech (which stands for Economically and Environmentally Sustainable Technologies) owns or holds the rights to three environmentally sustainable technologies, including the JetWater technology, that have direct applications to the coal mining and energy industries. Impulse Hydro Pty Ltd is a progressive Australian based company with experience in water treatment for the burgeoning coal seam gas industry.
Impulse's General Manager, Said Riachi said that the partnership with EESTech provides them with the final piece of the CSG jigsaw, as it will allow the contaminated water to be cleaned to near 100 percent purity using a combination of reverse osmosis and thermal desalination methods.
"Our three stage treatment water treatment system can negate the need for evaporations ponds, possibly result in treated water suitable for commercial use, and assist with cost reduction."
Several independent studies have shown the JetWater technology to be the most efficient of its type available in the market today.