Eco-Tec Announces RecoPur SST (Super Softening Technology) - A Produced Water Treatment Breakthrough
New Treatment Method to Improve Performance to <0.1 ppm Hardness Using Only Brine Regeneration, at a Lower Cost for Heavy Oil Producers
Design and manufacturing company, Eco-Tec Inc., has developed RecoPur SST (Super Softening Technology), a patent-pending technology for the production of very low hardness (<0.1 ppm as CaCO3) product water while using only brine regeneration.
The new treatment method represents a breakthrough for the growing number of heavy oil operations around the world relying on produced water or low quality well (source) water in thermal extraction techniques such as steam flooding, cyclic steam, or Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD). "This greater level of performance expands the capacity of ion xchange technology and enhances operators' ability to treat produced water more economically," says Mike Dejak, Vice President, Business Development, Eco-Tec.
The higher level of performance and efficiency of SST technology addresses the weaknesses found in conventional equipment as the high salinity/hardness of feed water remains beyond the capabilities of typical ion exchange softening to treat, or to treat economically in terms of equipment cost and operating cost.
Eco-Tec has been using its RecoPur systems to extend the range of conventional ion exchange and has shown the ability to treat such waters economically, thanks to: high flow capacity using a small resin inventory and compact equipment; the ability to use only salt brine for regeneration, eliminating costs and hazards associated with acid and caustic regeneration of WAC resins; and significantly reducing the amount of salt brine required for regeneration.
Until recently, such systems demonstrated the ability to treat such feed water to less than 0.5 ppm as CaCO3. However, with RecoPur SST technology, systems can now consistently treat such feed water to less than 0.1 ppm CaCO3 hardness.
SST technology can also be used to treat water containing high silica (>200 ppm) for steam generator feed.
About Eco-Tec Inc
Eco-Tec designs, develops, and manufactures equipment for industrial water treatment and purification of chemicals and gases. Our products incorporate advanced, proprietary designs that provide clients with improved performance, economy, and reliability in their operations, while facilitating environmental responsibility. In business since 1970, we have supplied over 2,000 systems in 60 countries.