Shane Wiercinski, Technology & Innovation, Siemens Water Solutions
New synthetic water treatment media shows big potential to reduce costs of treating produced water from polymer flooding
Continuing oil and gas market pricing pressures keep exploration and production (E&P) operators looking for new ways to extract more oil from existing reserves for less. Typically, they have used enhanced oil recovery (EOR) techniques to tap the majority of oil in a reservoir – 55% to 80% – that cannot be primarily accessed via geological pressures or secondarily via water ooding. A new water treatment media has now been debuted – able to load up to five times more oil – that promises to make EOR even more economical.
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