Editor's Letter

Oct. 1, 2016
Welcome to the September/October edition of Industrial WaterWorld magazine.

Welcome to the September/October edition of Industrial WaterWorld magazine.

Our feature article this month hereis focused on the conventional oil and gas industry, where opportunities for water reuse are expanding thanks to meaningful advancements in treatment technologies. Our correspondent Jeff Gunderson looks at how, in the upstream segment of the market, the closure of deep injection wells (in California, for example) is driving the need for alternate disposal strategies, which in turn is driving interest in produced water reuse. In the downstream segment, advanced water recycling projects are helping operators meet water use restrictions, such as at the Co-op Refinery Complex in Saskatchewan, where all wastewater will be recycled for internal use.

Given the growing emphasis on conserving water resources, industrial companies are always on the lookout for effective water and wastewater treatment technologies, spending considerable time testing and vetting solutions. But when a natural disaster or malfunction occurs, time is of the essence. The article herediscusses how mobile membrane filtration systems have emerged as viable options that can provide high-quality water in emergency situations - as a Nevada mine discovered after a flood brought operations to a halt. The article also offers several suggestions for preparing for unplanned emergencies.

Designing and supplying the process water system to feed the gas turbines at the largest combined cycle gas turbine power plant in the UK is no easy business. Here, read about the approach, the requirements, and how it’s been performing since it was commissioned.

Last fall, EPA issued updated ELGs for the steam electric power sector and, as a result, plants are seeking reliable, cost-effective solutions for meeting the requirements. The article here discusses one technology being evaluated by the Electric Power Research Institute for its ability to treat power plant scrub and cooling tower waste streams. The technology takes traditional mechanical vapor recompression science a step further, providing advanced removal of contaminants - including heavy metals, chlorides, total dissolved solids, and total suspended solids - from industrial wastewater streams, enabling for reuse or discharge.

One last thing to mention: In December, the world’s largest power event, POWER-GEN, will take place in Orlando, Fla. If you’re planning to attend, be sure to check out our show preview herefor highlights of water-related conference offerings and exhibitors.

We hope you enjoy this edition of Industrial WaterWorld!

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