Filtration+Separation January/February 2006
Enviro awarded Alaskan contract
Enviro Voraxial Technology Inc has entered into a contract with one of the world’s largest oil companies to deploy a Voraxial Separator for produced water (oil/water) separation in the North Slope oil fields of Alaska. According to the company, the separator is capable of efficiently separating large volumes of produced water while significantly decreasing requirements for energy, weight, space and expense.
These elements are even more precious on offshore platforms. A company source explained, “the ability to efficiently separate produced water waste streams (oil and water) has enormous economical and environmental consequences for the oil production industry. Produced water comprises over 98% of the total waste volume generated by the oil and gas industry, making it the largest volume waste stream
associated with oil and gas production. In the continental USA, it is estimated that more than 10 barrels of water is produced for each barrel of recovered oil.” And according to the American Petroleum Institute (API), about 18 billion barrels of produced water was generated by US onshore operations in 1995. Worldwide, the total amount of produced water generated in 1999, according to Khatib and Verbeek, was approximately 77 billion barrels. Produced water volumes will continue to increase as oil wells mature.
In brief The European Science Foundation has announced the conclusions of its wide-ranging forward look study on nanomedicine, namely that nanomedicine is about to deliver a healthcare paradigm shift in which it will be possible to monitor people on the basis of known genetic predispositions, diagnose disease before there are any symptoms, administer drugs that are precisely targeted, and use non invasive imaging tools to demonstrate that the treatment was effective. www.esf.org
Interest in EVTN’s separation systems has accelerated since Shell Technology Ventures, a registered company of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group (RD), showcased EVTN’s line of Voraxial Separators at its booth during the 22nd SPE/IADC Drilling Conference and Exhibition, in Amsterdam during February 2005.
Mann+Hummel says that it has improved its W11 series spin-on oil filters to meet the new demands of customers. The first stage of optimisation, called W11 new, covers modifications based on the existing filter design – with regard to shapes; thickness of the metal sheet; and materials used in the threaded end plate; as well as its interface with the seal retainer.