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US-based ProSep has launched a 12-month industry technology facilitator (ITF) joint industry project (JIP) with Qatar Petroleum and Petroleum Development Oman.

The project, which started in December 2014, will see the three firms collaborate on an offshore capable unit for oil-in-water removal and media regeneration.

The project will be performed using ProSep’s Osorb Media-produced water treatment technology, which absorbs free, dispersed and water soluble hydrocarbons.

It also absorbs oilfield chemicals from produced water. ProSep will identify the performance of Osorb Media using capture and regeneration cycles on specific water streams.

"This project marks the first truly collaborative ITF-sponsored JIP between two national oil companies in the Middle East."

A commercial unit, to be commissioned for three months, will be brought into the target process for additional trialling in order to adapt the technology into the field.

ITF chief executive Patrick O’Brien said: "This project marks the first truly collaborative ITF-sponsored JIP between two national oil companies in the Middle East.

"We are delighted to facilitate this collaborative technology development in the Gulf Cooperation Council and look forward to seeing the results that ProSep achieves."

ProSep said its Osorb Media technology provides significant benefits to operators for the treatment of produced water for reinjection or discharge

Preliminary media testing has already started, with the next steering group meeting due to take place in March 2015 in Doha, Qatar.

ProSep, formerly known as PWA-ProSep and TORR Canada, provides process separation solutions to the worldwide oil and gas industry.


Image: The ITF joint industry project will see the three firms collaborate on an offshore capable unit for oil-in-water removal and media regeneration. Photo: Courtesy of ProSep, Inc.