Russian heavy oil recovery enhanced by water reuse
Petr Sudilovskiy and Dave Ciszewski GE Power & Water, Water & Process Technologies and Ilshat Valiullin, RusGazEngineeringOPERATED BY Russia's second largest oil producer, a heavy oil field in northwest Russia has been increasing the volume of crude processing with technology that supports enhanced recovery rates and reduced environmental impact. In 2008, they took the first steps to develop a less water-intensive way of processing produced water by conducting a feasibility study comparing different water reuse strategies. By replacing traditional treatment methods with thermal evaporator technology for produced water, this will be the first
entity in Russia to use recycled water from enhanced oil recovery in the treatment of heavy oil produced water.
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