U.S. produced water discharge regulations have tough limits

07/15/1996
Gordon H. Otto University of Houston Houston Kenneth E. Arnold Paragon Engineering Services Inc. Houston Based on the most recent study of 292 platforms (of a total of 950) in the Gulf of Mexico, nearly 60% of the platforms may experience difficulty meeting the new lower oil and grease concentration standards in produced water discharged during the course of a year. Nearly 20% of all platforms may experience chronic difficulty meeting these limits, which were imposed in 1994. This article traces the history of Gulf of Mexico statistical studies of oil and grease removal capability for produced water treating systems, from the 1974 Brown & Root Inc. study through a 1993 su...
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