Source: Fountain Quail
As hydraulic fracturing is increasingly used to extract previously inaccessible oil deposits from shale formations, the demand for wastewater treatment in such operations has surged. Fountain Quail Water Management, the global leader in shale gas wastewater recycling, announced today that its technology has been successfully refined and deployed for use in these emerging shale oil plays.
For the past three months, Fountain Quail Water Management LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aqua-Pure Ventures, Inc. (TSXV: AQE), has been treating flowback and produced water from shale oil drilling at its recycling facilities in South Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale. Fountain Quail is recovering an average of 75 to 80 percent of pure distilled water from the wastewater it receives , a rate comparable to its industry-leading shale gas operations . As a result, several major exploration and production companies have approached the company about its services.
“Given the significantly higher margins and shorter selling cycles associated with oil versus natural gas, demand is clearly shifting to oil production in the shale plays,” said Richard Magnus, Chairman of Calgary-based Aqua-Pure. “This has opened up a new market opportunity for our company, since our technology has proven to be just as effective with shale oil wastewater as with natural gas.”
Magnus stressed that the company will continue to expand its footprint in the shale gas market, while simultaneously capitalizing on new opportunities in shale oil.
“This isn’t a matter of us shifting from gas to oil, but rather taking advantage of a new growth opportunity that we are in an ideal position to exploit,” said Magnus.
Fountain Quail’s state-of-the-art ROVER System, unveiled in October 2011, positions the company to be an even more cost-effective competitor in the shale oil market. The mobile clarifier system can treat up to 10,000 barrels of flowback and produced water per day at or near the source. This flexibility addresses some of the most pressing challenges faced by operators in shale plays across North America, most notably the need to preserve finite fresh water resources.
“As companies seek to reduce their cost of water sourcing and handling, we believe a high-capacity technology like ROVER will have substantial cost and operational advantages over other available solutions,” explained Magnus. “The ability to move right to the well site and treat contaminated water for re-use will result in a significant reduction in the cost of a hydraulic fracturing operation, since trucking and disposal costs are virtually eliminated.”
Fountain Quail has developed and refined its patented, industry-leading technologies for recycling flowback and produced water over the past eight years in North Texas’ Barnett Shale. During that time, the Company has recycled more than 700 million gallons of shale gas wastewater that would otherwise have been injected into disposal wells and permanently removed from the hydrological cycle. In addition to the Barnett and Eagle Ford Shales, t he company’s technology is currently being utilized in the Marcellus Shale.
Fountain Quail's technology successfully deployed in shale oil plays
Source: Fountain Quail