News | January 20, 2014

APATEQ Delivers First Plant With Its Proprietary Oil-Water Separation Technology Into An Oil & Gas Field


Cleantech venture APATEQ announces its first oil-water separation product delivery for a large customer in Europe. The unit will treat produced water from oil production and hydraulic fracturing, requiring virtually no chemicals for operation using a proprietary technology. The Luxembourgish water and wastewater specialist expects extensive follow-up orders after successful field tests of the initial unit.

Less than half a year after starting operations, APATEQ received the first order for a pilot plant for oil-water separation from a large European customer. So far the Luxembourgish cleantech company developed, sold and shipped already several mobile units for compact wastewater treatment. The APATEQ team consists of water, wastewater and industry veterans, who developed and successfully marketed award-winning technologies in the past.

“We are thrilled about this contract as oil-water separation is planned to be the major growth segment of APTEQ in the future. We already filed two patents for our oil-water separation technology which is characterized by high separation efficiency, low energy consumption, compactness with virtually no chemical aids”, said CEO Bogdan Serban. “As a young Luxembourgish company, being chosen by European market leaders to treat very difficult deposit water makes us particularly proud.”

APATEQ Chief Technology Officer Ulrich Baeuerle explains: “Water that is obtained when extracting oil or gas, known as deposit water, is very difficult to treat as it contains various elements besides the dissolved hydrocarbons. Many companies have tried to treat this type of water, some unsuccessfully, others at some success but at high expenses and with considerable maintenance efforts. Our solution turned out to be the most efficient. The effluent from our systems is suitable for direct discharge, irrigation or re-use as process water.”

The pilot plant is mounted in a 40’ container for mobile use at different deposits and it will be delivered this week.

APATEQ – PWT S.A. provides oil-water separation systems for oilfield operators as well as compact wastewater treatment plants for special and demanding applications and pre-treatment systems for industrial wastewater. Our technical team gathers members, each with decades of experience in water and wastewater treatment or global product industrial manufacturing and commercialization. The Luxembourg-based company has been founded in spring 2013 supported by private investors. For more information, visit