NEWS DOE backs produced water cleaning process

The U.S. Department of Energy is encouraging wide use of a produced water cleaning process tested in a Kansas oil field. DOE, working through BDM-Oklahoma, which operates the National Institute for Petroleum and Energy Research, Bartlesville, Okla., will provide $100,000 to James E. Russell Petroleum Inc. to optimize the air flotation process and help other operators in use of the process. Russell will spend $102,000. The process emerged in an earlier DOE-cosponsored project with Russell and the University of Kansas. Impurities in produced water reinjected into the reservoir to enhance oil recovery can plug pores in reservoir rock and prevent water from reaching target zones. In many...

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