Water treatment technology firm, Water Planet, has won a contact to provide industrial wastewater treatment and reuse systems for two recycling centres in California, USA that could recycle oil and gas industry produced water at nearly 20 Ml/d.

Management services Sweetwater Tech Resources (STR) selected Water Planet to supply its IMS- 5000 integrated produced water treatment system as part of a project to give oil and gas producers in the Bakersfiled region a reliable, economic and sustainable option for treating the billions of litres of oil-contaminated water generated they generate annually.

“We believe STR has a great vision, and we look forward to being part of the team that delivers this first-of-a-kind regional treatment facility,” said Water Planet’s chief executive officer, Eric Hoek.

Pilot scale demonstrations for oil and gas producers and potential customers of the treated water will begin in the first quarter of 2016. The planned facilities at sites in Wasco and Lost Hills will produce clean water for use by local industry and agriculture. At full capacity, the Wasco plant would recycle up to 3.2 Ml of produced water each day while the Lost HIlls facility would convert at 16 Ml/d.

Sweetwater’s general manager, Dundee Kelbel, said: ” STR’s experience, established relationships and core business development capabilities blends well with Water Planet’s innovative, creative and flexible engineered systems to provide a powerful solution to the oil and gas industry.”

Water Planet’s award-winning technology comprises a “unique” hydraulic design with a pre- integrated mechanical oil-water separator, ceramic ultrafiltration membranes and automated self- adaptive process controls.