Dec 22, 2010

Amiad Completes First Stage of Filtration Project in France

Company provided salt leaching solution for underground hydrocarbon storage facility

Amiad Filtration Systems announced the completion of the first stage of its salt leaching brine filtration system at an underground liquid hydrocarbon storage facility in France. Performance testing and operation in real conditions is now underway. The entire project, including initial studies, construction, installation and maintenance, is projected to cost €6 million.

“This underground facility is one of the largest and most strategic oil reserves in France,” said Bruno Jauneaud, general manager of Amiad Europe. “We are very pleased to have been selected to provide the facility with our most advanced industrial self-cleaning filtration solution, which is designed to specifically meet the demanding needs of the oil and gas industry, a challenge that Amiad is uniquely qualified to overcome."

The underground facility consists of stored liquid hydrocarbons, including crude oil, gasoline and fuel, in 27 salt-leached caverns, and has a capacity of 7.5 million cu meters. To create these underground caverns, it is necessary to filter salt-leaching brine down to 3 microns and remove total suspended solids (TSS) to comply with the maximum 10 mg/L of TSS content allowed for injection into the sea. The Amiad system is chemical-free, waste-free and able to withstand extreme temperatures.