Water Briefs

Jan. 1, 2016
News from the nation.

DOW Water demonstrates effectiveness of wastewater reuse in cooling applications

Dow Water & Process Solutions, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, is participating in one of 10 European Commission-funded projects that aim to stimulate innovation and improve cohesion within the evolving European water reuse sector. The company is a major player in the DEMOWARE project located at the Camp Tarragona (Spain) petrochemical complex, which specifically looks to demonstrate how water stress in a European region can be mitigated by fostering industrial water reuse, with emphasis on cooling towers.

The project, which will last for three years and is due to end in December 2016, is focused on novel technologies for wastewater reuse and involves, among others, the treatment of wastewater from the Spanish cities of Salou, Tarragona and Vilaseca in the Camp de Tarragona Advanced Water Reclamation Plant (CTAWRP), operated by Veolia and AITASA (the government owned water supplier to the petrochemical complex).

Dow Water & Process Solutions’ FILMTEC™ reverse osmosis elements were selected to be installed in the reclamation plant following the pre-treatment scheme from Veolia, namely Actiflo™. The treated water is then redirected to various plants in the complex for use in their industrial processes, instead of being discharged into the Mediterranean Sea as it had been previously.

PWT wins $2M boiler feed water contract

OriginClear subsidiary Progressive Water Treatment Inc. has been awarded a large-scale contract with Minnesota-based public utility Xcel Energy for a boiler feed water treatment system. The contract totals nearly two million dollars.

According to PWT President Marc Stevens, the project involves treating a site groundwater source for high pressure boiler feed make-up. The groundwater will primarily be treated with UF, RO and EDI, all sourced from Dow Chemical.

KPA UNICON to supply boiler plant to sawmill in Sweden

Stora Enso Timber Ab and KPA Unicon Oy have signed a contract for delivery of a biomass-fired hot water boiler plant to Stora Enso sawmill Ala in Ljusne, Sweden. The new Unicon Biograte 15 MWth boiler plant will utilize bark and wood residues from the Ala sawmill as fuel, and it will produce hot water for the sawmill’s drying kilns. The new biomass boiler plant is scheduled to be operational in November 2016.

The value of the contract was not disclosed but includes all process equipment, installations, commissioning and training of the operational personnel. The heart of the new biomass-fired boiler plant is Biograte combustion technology, which is designed especially for utilization of wet biomass fuels for effective energy production.

The plant also includes KPA Unicon’s PlantSys system for local and remote control of the plant. The system collects data from the process equipment, optimizing parameters and predicting future service and maintenance needs.


In a letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, the American Water Works Association commended elected leaders for their work on legislation to assist with the cleanup of abandoned mines and put forth 10 principles that should be included in any final law.

The so-called “Good Samaritan” legislation would help address more than 500,000 abandoned hard rock mines throughout the American West, providing potential Good Samaritans with incentives to get involved in the cleanup. In the East, pollution from abandoned coal mines is damaging more than 10,000 miles of streams and rivers just in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The cost of cleanup in Pennsylvania alone has been estimated at $15 billion.

AWWA’s principles for Good Samaritan legislation include: 1) Provide strict definition for “abandoned mine,” 2) Maintain existing liability for polluters, 3) Identify and define Good Samaritans, 4) Identify and define existing owners and operators of abandoned mines, 5) Maintain liability of polluters even in cases of actions taken by Good Samaritans, 6) Expedite the approval process for Good Samaritan permitting, 7) Include language that all remediation plans must yield a net environmental benefit to relevant waters, and do no harm to existing environment, 8) Include language that all Good Samaritans must notify downstream utilities of actions planned and allow a utility to prepare for or mitigate any potential consequences of such actions on drinking water, and to ensure monitoring after completion of remediation plan, 9) Include language that requires an EPA report to Congress and creation of online database of Good Samaritan projects, and 10) Include a “Sunset Clause.”

Fluid Delivery Solutions acquires Water Transfer

Fluid Delivery Solutions LLC (FDS), a leading provider of oilfield water management services in the Permian, Eagle Ford, Marcellus and Utica basins, recently announced the acquisition of Water Transfer LLC, a water transfer and equipment rental business focused on the Permian Basin.

Based in Midland, Texas, Water Transfer works with top tier operators to deliver cost-effective water transfer and equipment rental services. Founded in 2013, Water Transfer has developed a reputation for safety and reliability by delivering superior customer service throughout the Permian Basin.

Water Transfer will relocate all personnel to FDS’s Midland office. The Water Transfer team will retain their roles within the expanded organization.

Water standard acquires monarch separators

Water Standard, a leader in water treatment solutions for the oil and gas and industrial sector, has acquired Monarch Separators, a Houston, Texas-based supplier of industrial produced water and oil separation equipment, with a long and successful history of delivering differentiated equipment globally into the upstream and downstream oil and gas industry.

The synergies between the two companies, combined with the advantages of vertical integration, enable the Water Standard Group to quickly deliver innovative, competitively priced treatment solutions, from small, skid-mounted assemblies and mobile equipment to larger integrated packages and modules.

Bioreactor technology to be employed at WY refinery

Industrial wastewater technology from Honeywell UOP will help a Wyoming refinery remove contaminants from its wastewater to meet new environmental requirements.

HollyFrontier Cheyenne Refining LLC has selected Honeywell UOP’s XCeed™ bioreactor technology to remove selenium from wastewater at its 52,000 barrel-per-day refinery in Cheyenne, Wyo. The high-performance unit will process approximately 1 million gallons per day of wastewater when it goes online this year.

Honeywell UOP’s XCeed bioreactor technology removes organic and inorganic contaminants to help industrial, manufacturing and groundwater remediation facilities meet contaminant removal specifications for wastewater discharge or reuse.

Water management division launched by ENSERVCO

ENSERVCO Corporation, a diversified national provider of well-site services to the domestic onshore conventional and unconventional oil and gas industries, recently announced it has expanded its service mix with the launch of a new water management division, Heat Waves Water Management LLC (HWWM).

HWWM will initially offer water transfer services and bacteria and scaling treatment solutions to customers in all of its operating areas. In addition, HWWM will be providing oilfield support equipment on a rental basis. As this service line grows, the Company anticipates adding additional water management services such as flow back to the mix.

Launch of the new business follows the Company’s $4.0 million acquisition of water management assets from two companies, HII Technologies Inc. and WET Oilfield Services LLC. These assets include high and low volume pumps, piping, manifolds, and other support equipment, as well as exclusive U.S. rights to an environmentally friendly, innovative technology for the treatment of bacteria and scaling in the oil and gas industry.