TECHNOLOGY Organoclay cost effectively removes oil from produced water

George Alther Biomin Inc. Ferndale, Mich. The trailer for on site produced water treatment includes bag filters, and organoclay and carbon vessels (fig. 2) An organoclay-based method can economically treat produced water that is reinjected into formations. Oraganoclay refers to bentonitic clay platelets modified with quaternary amine. Operators can dispose of the spent organoclay in landfills, as long as it is nonhazardous, or ship it to asphalt producers or fuel blenders. Activated carbon is regenerated or incinerated if it is hazardous. Operators reinject produced water into formations either for water disposal or waterflooding to recover additional ...

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