Oil in frac water testing


Courtesy of Spectro Scientific

The amount of water used in and produced by hydraulic fracturing of shale gas wells is in the millions of gallons per well. Whether the water is going to be taken off site for disposal or reused for re-injection, the flowback or produced water needs pretreatment to remove any residual oil from the wa-ter. Waiting for remote laboratory results can take several days to a week. The InfraCal TOG/TPH Analyzers allow for oil in water testing at the well site in less than 10 minutes. The sampling requires a few simple steps that can be performed by non-technical personnel. The water is mixed with the extraction solvent, shaken, and then presented to the InfraCal Analyzer for measurement. The same InfraCal TOG/TPH Analyzer can be used for TPH in soil if a spill or pond leak occurs to determine the contaminated area.

  • Results in under 15 minutes, including extraction
  • Detect levels as low as 10 ppm
  • Portable, rugged, lightweight, easy-to-use
  • Battery operable
  • Ideal for field or laboratory applications

Three InfraCal TOG/TPH Analyzers Models for easy on-site infrared measurement of total petroleum hydrocarbon (TPH) are available depending on the minimum oil level required and the desired extracting solvent.

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