Rawwater accrues oilfield souring data; IDA accepts scholarship applications; Mueller rebrands

Nov. 5, 2018

Industry news: Rawwater accrues extensive oilfield souring data; International Desalination Association accepting applications for scholarship grant; Mueller Water Products unveiled rebranding.

Rawwater accrues extensive oilfield souring data

Rawwater has accrued the equivalent of 400 years’ worth of oilfield souring data at its U.K.-based pressurized bioreactor laboratories. This landmark was reached on Oct. 9, 2018. It relates to the collection and analysis of more than 12 years of data, with at least 30 pressurized bioreactors running on a daily basis.

A full field reservoir simulation project at the Rawwater laboratories in Warrington, U.K. Courtesy of Rawwater

Rawwater has built and operates one of the largest, most advanced facilities to study and evaluate microbiological souring in simulated reservoir conditions. The organization uses specially designed bioreactors that operate at pressure and temperature conditions as found in water-flooded oil reservoirs.

Souring studies have been run on seawater and oil samples from major fields globally. The data harvested by Rawwater covers the complete range of operating conditions, including accurate chemistries at pressure and temperature. Rawwater’s pressurized bioreactor studies are also used to feed back into the organization’s oilfield reservoir souring forecasting model — a predictive software model that provides insight into whether, when and to what extent an oilfield reservoir will sour.

International Desalination Association (IDA) accepting applications for scholarship grant

The International Desalination Association (IDA) announced it is accepting applications for the 2018-19 Channabasappa Memorial Scholarship. Through this program, IDA awards scholarship grants of up to $5,000 to one or more graduate students who have been accepted into a program of doctoral studies and who intend to pursue a desalination and water reuse related research thesis. The Institute of Seawater Desalination and Multipurpose Utilization (ISDMU), SOA (Tianjin, China), is co-sponsoring the scholarship for 2018-19 via a matching contribution to the IDA Sustainable Water Resources Foundation (SWRF), which will issue a $5,000 matching grant. This makes the total scholarship value $10,000.

The objective of IDA’s scholarship program and the IDA SWRF capacity-building program is to encourage engineers and scientists to further their post-graduate education in subjects related to desalination, membranes and water reuse. Applicants must have graduated from an accredited university and must be from the top 10 percent of their class in science or engineering. The applicant must prove admission to a graduate program of doctoral studies in desalination or water reuse and must exhibit leadership and achievement potential. All applicants must be members of IDA.

Applications will be considered on the basis of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, references from university staff and one or more IDA members, along with the individual’s motivation statement for a planned career in desalination or water reuse technologies.The deadline for applications is January 31, 2019. The Scholarship Award will be announced within 60 days of the application deadline.

Mueller Water Products unveiled rebranding at WEFTEC

Mueller Water Products Inc. introduced its new brand identity and refreshed logo at the Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition (WEFTEC) and Conference 2018 in New Orleans. Mueller Water Products brands include Mueller, Echologics, Hydro Gate, Hydro-Guard, Jones, Mi.Net, Milliken, Pratt, Singer and U.S. Pipe Valve & Hydrant. The collective products, services and professionals position Mueller Water Products as one of the only providers that can fulfill a utilities’ water system needs at the source, at the plant, below the ground, on the street and in the cloud.

"Over the past 160 years, we’ve built a strong family of brands," said Greg Rogowski, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Mueller Water Products. "We’re taking our legacy of product excellence, customer service, technology and innovation from all of our brands and bringing them together to provide end-to-end water system solutions."

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