Canadian industrial water treatment specialist, Saltworks Technologies, has secured the support of Geoscience BC and the Natural Gas Innovation Fund (NGIF) for a project to develop its AirBreathertechnology for water treatment at natural gas sites.
The project is co-funded by Geoscience BC, NGIF Industry Grants, Sustainable Development Technology Canada, and British Columbia’s Innovative Clean Energy Fund.
Saltworks’ AirBreather pilotuses excess heat from natural gas production to effectively treat produced water on-site. The project will test its evaporation system on saline produced water samples collected from natural gas operations in the Montney Play in British Columbia’s Northeast region, where hundreds of natural gas production sites produce approximately 87% of BC’s natural gas.
AirBreatherunits turn saline produced water into clean water for reuse, or water vapour for safe release into the atmosphere. Saltworks has estimated that the natural gas sector spends approximately Can$180 million per year managing ponds and transporting saline water from production sites in the region. The technology is predicted to reduce water transport for disposal and maintain local water balances.