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Bahrain starts operations at $16m water plant

Water treatment facility part of plans to develop oil production

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The reused water can be used in other oilfield processes. (GETTY IMAGES)
The reused water can be used in other oilfield processes. (GETTY IMAGES)

Bahrain’s Minister of Energy H.E. Dr. Abdul Hussain bin Ali Mirza has inaugurated a US $16m water treatment plant in the Bahrain Field near Hafeera. The plant, run by Tatweer Petroleum, has taken 18 months to complete and is part of bigger plans to install six plants at all existing tank batteries.

The facility is set to clean up produced waste water from oil production, and will allow it be reused in water flooding and steam flooding. The plant utilizes a 3 phase gravity separator, induced gas flotation and nutshell filtration to separate oil from water. The aim is that reusing water will help to enhance environmental protection at the site, as well as increasing efficiency and, ultimately, oil production.

Tatweer is planning to have the remaining five water treatment sites online by the end of the year, with a further two being installed through 2013. The company is undertaking a number of large projects as part of major plans to develop the Bahrain Field and increase future oil production.

 

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