MoVap Shale Gas Wastewater Treatment Unit Ready for Field Deployment

April 5, 2011
System treats hydraulic fracturing water for reuse or return to environment

Aquatech announced the start of deployment for its MoVap unit at a field location in western Pennsylvania. The MoVap unit is a solution specifically designed for the wastewater treatment needs of oil and gas producers starting in the Marcellus Shale region, which encompasses parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, New York and Maryland. When fully treated with the proprietary MoVap solution, waters can be reused or returned to the environment in compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits.

The hydraulic fracturing process, a proven technology that has existed for decades, has provided access to the Marcellus Shale natural gas deposits throughout the region. A single well can require more than 3 million gal of water as part of the well development process.

According to Aquatech, the MoVap-based solution goes beyond simply recycling and reusing flowback and produced waters at the well pad. The solution provides a new standard for mobile water treatment, meeting compliance levels formerly associated with sophisticated stationary water treatment facilities.

The high-quality treated water delivered by MoVap allows gas producers the ability to simplify the water management at the well pad and promotes use of better quality water for hydraulic fracturing. This translates into safety of operations at well pad and better quality hydraulic fracturing.

MoVap can be used in conjunction with other mobile and modular treatment solutions from Aquatech to give natural gas producers access to the full range of wastewater treatment options. Because the MoVap unit is mobile, it can be transported to virtually any well pad. In addition, the company provides easy access to turnkey services that include a Shale Gas Team accessible 24 hours a day.

Source: Aquatech

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