Aquatech’s shale gas wastewater mobile distillation unit ready for field deployment
Aquatech has announced the start of deployment for its MoVap unit at a field location in Western Pennsylvania. The MoVap unit is a solution specifically designed for the wastewater treatment needs of oil and gas producers, starting in the Marcellus Shale region, which encompasses parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, New York and Maryland. When fully treated with the proprietary MoVap solution, waters can be reused or returned to the environment in compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits.
“MoVap is all about providing high-quality and safe water treatment right at the wellhead to help best protect the environment while most efficiently tapping a clean-burning energy resource,” said Chuck Kozora, Regional Business Development Manager at Aquatech.
The hydraulic fracturing process, a proven technology which has existed for decades, has provided access to the Marcellus Shale natural gas deposits throughout the region. A single well can require over three million gallons of water as part of the well development process.
Aquatech’s MoVap based innovative solution goes beyond simply recycling and reusing flowback and produced waters at the well pad. The solution provides a new standard for mobile water treatment, meeting compliance levels formerly associated with sophisticated stationary water treatment facilities.
“The MoVap unit is designed to reduce the volume of high total dissolved solids (TDS) laden wastewaters from hydraulic fracturing operations on the well pad,” said Mr. Kozora.
“MoVap represents a reliable, sustainable and adaptable solution. Reliability is tied to transparency. The on-site treatment capability makes it possible to know where the wastewater is going and how the water is managed throughout its lifecycle. Sustainability results from consistent, high-quality treated waters that set the industry standard for treated water quality. Adaptability is reflected in the mobility and scalability of Aquatech’s solutions, which can be customized to site conditions, from region to region, well pad to well pad.”
MoVap based treatment at the well pad is high-quality wastewater treatment that delivers consistent water quality and promotes safety. The high-quality treated water delivered by MoVap® allows the gas producers the ability to simplify the water management at the well pad and promotes use of better quality water for hydraulic fracturing. This translates into safety of operations at well pad and better quality hydraulic fracturing.
MoVap can be used in conjunction with other mobile and modular treatment solutions from Aquatech to give natural gas producers access to the full range of wastewater treatment options. Because the MoVap unit is mobile, it can be transported to virtually any well pad. In addition, the company provides easy access to turnkey services that include a Shale Gas Team accessible 24/7/365. Aquatech provides on-site and remote monitoring of water treatment operations anywhere. Globally, the company treats over 600,000 barrels of oil and gas field produced water per day.
Because of its mobility, MoVap will help natural gas producers minimize the amount of fresh water used in the well development process, and it will significantly reduce the volume of wastewater which must be disposed or treated off-site. This alleviates the burden on local water resources and roads which can see increased truck and equipment traffic during the drilling process.