VWS Westgarth chooses inge ultrafiltration technology
The German company inge GmbH – a global technology leader in ultrafiltration technology and a wholly-owned subsidiary of BASF – has been awarded a contract by the British company VWS Westgarth to deliver more than 600 dizzer ultrafiltration modules. A subsidiary of the world's largest water treatment company Veolia Water, VWS Westgarth is inge's first customer from the oil production industry. The membranes supplied by inge will provide some 2,600 m³ of treated sea water an hour which will be used in the oil extraction process on a drilling platform.
Greifenberg, 16.05.2012 – The company inge GmbH, which is based in the town of Greifenberg in Bavaria, Germany, has signed a deal with the British company VWS Westgarth to supply ultrafiltration technology to treat water on an oil rig. “We are tremendously proud to see a prominent and prestigious company like VWS Westgarth choosing to put its trust in our technology,” states Bruno Steis, CEO of inge GmbH. “The oil and gas production industry is a strategically important market for us. According to one recent forecast by the International Energy Agency (IEA), global energy demand – and thus demand for oil and gas – is set to rise by a third by 2035. VWS Westgarth is an important customer to have on our books in this promising market.”
VWS Westgarth has ordered a total of more than 600 dizzer modules for an ultrafiltration system with a capacity of some 62,000 m3/day (approx. 391,000 BWPD). The ultrafiltration pretreatment stage will deliver fine filtered seawater (0.01 μm) to the Sulphate Removal Package (SRP), which will then feed the water injection pumps.
The water is pumped into the rock formations that lie beneath natural gas and oil fields in order to counteract the steady drop in pressure that occurs during the extraction process. Injecting water to maintain the pressure is the only way of ensuring consistently high oil recovery rates. The level of purity of water pumped into the rock is important because this has a major impact on both the quality and recovery rates and thus the costs of the oil extraction process.