News | August 6, 2014

APATEQ Starts Produced Water Treatment In North America


Luxembourgish water and wastewater specialist APATEQ announces a six months lasting program of on-demand, on-site, produced water treatment with its oil-water separation system “OilPaq” in North America. The treatment activity will start at oil- and gas fields in Kansas and Texas in September and will end in Alberta in spring 2015. The target of this road show is to enter the North American market by proving the excellent long-term operation at very low operational costs of the system inheriting APATEQ’s proprietary membrane treatment technology.

Sampling produced water during treatment process (Photo: Business Wire)

Sampling produced water during treatment process (Photo: Business Wire)

APATEQ started its operation with the engineering and manufacturing of compact wastewater treatment plants and systems for the treatment of industrial wastewater. The company now extends its core business with oil-water separation systems to be operated at oil- and gas fields in North America. An initial containerized produced water treatment system has been shipped to a large European customer at the beginning of the year. An upgraded version that is capable to treat different types of produced water from different wells and that produces an effluent suitable for re-use, meaning re-injection of the water into the borehole or irrigation, is currently being assembled in Luxembourg and will be shipped to North America at the end of the month.

The pilot plant, which is built under ATEX specifications, will treat produced water directly on-site at the oil well. Thus expensive water transportation and storage costs fall away and the treated water can be recycled. This is an important factor, taking into consideration that huge amounts of fresh water are required for oil and gas extraction. APATEQ’s proprietary membrane technology excels over all other processes in the industry by providing a solution that separates emulsified oil without the need of additional chemicals. The recovered oil can be entirely processed in refineries. Due to the proprietary process, the utilized membranes last years before they need to be replaced. Together with very low specific energy consumption the operational costs of an APATEQ oil-water separation system end up at costs as low as $0.50 per barrel, which represents only a fraction of the treatment costs of conventional market solutions.

In addition to the already existing North American clientele, the APATEQ program is open to new participants by a simple no-engagement subscription. All interested parties may announce their participation by mail at or by phone at +352 20 211 680 70. APATEQ will come to your oil well and perform the treatment directly at your site.


APATEQ – PWT S.A. develops and manufactures turn-key, custom designed oil-water separation systems for oilfield operators, compact wastewater treatment plants for demanding applications, ultrafiltration / reverse osmosis systems for industrial wastewater and advanced, low energy and chemicals free pre-treatment systems. Our technical team gathers industry veterans with intensive global practice and decades of experience in water treatment, product development, production and commercialization.

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