PXP Selects Veolia to Provide Produced Water Treatment

Veolia will reclaim water for the Plains Exploration & Production Company at an oilfield in San Luis Obispo County, Calif.

Veolia Water has signed a design-build-operate contract with Plains Exploration & Production Company (PXP) for a Produced Water Reclamation Facility at its Arroyo Grande Oilfield in San Luis Obispo County, Calif. The treatment system will incorporate OPUS® II technology to generate high-quality water.

The water company will design, build, and operate the 45,000-bpd (barrels per day) facility under a 12-year performance agreement, and provide operations and maintenance services and performance guarantees on a fixed-fee basis to ensure design performance and high-quality recycled water.

The treated water will provide 25,000 bpd for use as Once Through Steam Generation (OTSG) make-up and 20,000 bpd for surface water discharge, dewatering the Arroyo Grande reservoir. The treatment process produces treated water that meets or exceeds state and federal permit requirements, and the dewatering of the reservoir will result in reduction of formation pressure enabling increased crude oil production at the site.

The technology uses CeraMem® ceramic membranes as pretreatment prior to ion exchange and reverse osmosis. Prior to the agreement, the technology was demonstrated onsite in a pilot-scale study for four months.

“This project uses world-class technology that treats produced water to generate high-quality water. As a result, our partnership is creating societal and environmental benefits that we can all be proud of,” said Kirk Schwab, general manager of the Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies business unit in Pittsburgh, where the technology was developed. “This approach demonstrates a shared commitment to responsible development of resources.”

In news from Veolia Environmental Services, the company announced that Special Services, Inc., with corporate offices and fabrication group based in Neenah, Wis., has achieved conformance to the ISO 9001:2008 standard for quality management systems. ISO 9001:2008 conformance was verified by IMSM (member ASQ) via an audit conducted by one of IMSM's QAS International auditors.

In Special Services' case, an ISO 9001 certification means it has demonstrated a logical and documented management system for the provision of marine, emergency response, abatement, fabrication, and high hazard services to a range of inland and offshore industries globally. The company has processes in place to control its documents and records, undertake internal quality audits, and ensure all products or services conform to specified standards.

Source: Veolia