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Research partnership to enhance oil sands produced water evaporators

IDE Technologies Ltd. and Clean Harbors' R&D project will focus on improved operation, service and maintenance capabilities of MVC evaporators by integrating IDE’s horizontal evaporator design with Clean Harbors’ chemical development and cleaning procedures expertise. “Treatment of Alberta’s oil sands produced water is challenging because of the high scaling and fouling potential, as well as occasional process excursions. MVC evaporators are a critical step in the water treatment process as they provide boiler feed water quality,” said Chris Porter, Clean Harbors’ Senior Vice President, Canadian Industrial Services. “We believe we can deliver the ideal solution to the marketplace through IDE’s experience providing MVC evaporators for produced water treatment over the past two decades and our expertise in the field of industrial chemical cleaning and ultrasonic technology. Together, we look forward to providing leading-edge evaporator cleaning services to the oil production companies in Alberta’s oil sands market.” IDE’s modular horizontal falling film evaporation technology provides a more reliable, energy-efficient, and cost-effective steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) produced water treatment solution. In addition, the design of the MVC evaporator incorporates an embedded Clean-In-Place (CIP) system for on-line and off-line internal tube-bundles cleaning (both for descaling and fouling removal). “We are pleased to launch this R&D partnership with Clean Harbors, which will enhance the operation and maintenance procedures of the MVC evaporation technology,” said Avshalom Felber, CEO of IDE Technologies Ltd. “By promoting novelty and creating added value for customers in the water treatment market, we continue to develop more reliable, sustainable and economical solutions. We are committed to the oil sands water treatment industry, and we look forward to working closely with Clean Harbors to become a key water treatment solution provider in Alberta.”