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NOV Expands Water Services with Exclusive Desalination Pact with Oasys Water
(Dec. 12, 2013, HOUSTON) – National Oilwell Varco (NOV) has augmented its comprehensive water services portfolio with the signing of an exclusive licensing agreement for the multi-patented Oasys Water Membrane Brine Concentrator (MBC) 4000 system, a membrane-based desalination technology designed to convert E&P waste water into potable quality water.

The uniquely engineered MBC system employs proprietary and patented forward osmosis (FO) technology to desalinate frac flowback and produced water, allowing for reuse in drilling and completion activities or discharged on surface in areas with limited disposal options.

The global agreement with the Massachusetts desalination provider gives NOV exclusive global licensing for the treatment systems for use in the upstream oil and gas sector. The first MBC4000 system as part of this agreement is expected to be available next summer.

The easily scalable technology has a designed treatment capacity of up to 4,000 barrels/day. Holder of 22 issued patents and more than 180 pending patent applications, the portable MBC4000 system is the first membrane-based solution capable of treating water with as much as 15% salt concentration. The state-of-the-art system uses patented semi-permeable membrane technology designed to desalinate salt brine at three times the maximum capability of conventional reverse osmosis (RO) systems. The system produces pure water and reusable brine at over 200,000 ppm, while using half the energy required of many thermal evaporative systems and within a 30% smaller footprint. In addition, the companion Oasys ClearFlo™ pretreatment system can be used alone or in conjunction with the MBC4000 to remove scaling ions prior to the final treatment.

“We see this innovative and cost-effective desalination technology as a game changer for our water services offerings,” said Dale Pierce, NOV new business development manager, North America. “It has an extremely high water recovery rate of up to 85% and does so at low temperatures and pressures, requiring considerably less energy than thermal units. It also operates within a much smaller footprint and does not require exotic metals in its manufacture. Using this closed loop system will allow us to deliver completely recyclable freshwater, as well as 10-lb brine that is sufficiently cleaned for reuse in building new drill-in, drilling, or frac fluids.”

The MBC technology further expands the NOV water services technology suite that includes a full range of water transfer, storage and treatment technologies. The NOV water services offering also includes the award-winning AQUA-VES™ mobile water treatment system. The advanced system employs novel membrane separation technology that relies on vibration, rather than high flow rates, to remove total suspended solids (TSS), oil and grease, and bacteria from flowback and produced waters, which are then reused in active frac systems. The MBC4000 desalination system represents the end of the water treatment spectrum by removing the TDS and producing water of near-drinkable condition.

Based in Boston, MA, Oasys Water is a leader in desalination technologies for the industrial, municipal and similar downstream markets. The exclusive NOV agreement brings the MBC technology to the global upstream oil and gas sector.

For More Information Contact:
Brad Wood,
NOV FluidControl Vice President of Business Development and Marketing

Dale Pierce,
NOV FluidControl Business Development Manager - North America

Kelly Bertrand,
Mission Market Development Manager

Published Date: 2013-12-12
Source: National Oilwell Varco