Veolia Water Technologies & Solutions

Water Injection Technology & Process Solutions for EOR

Remove sulfate and enhance oil recovery

Veolia offers broad solutions for sulfate removal and enhanced oil recovery including pretreatment filters, membranes, chemicals, remote monitoring and diagnostics, pre-engineered solutions, and more. The combination of our expertise in the Oil & Gas industry with our advanced water treatment solutions enables us to provide a comprehensive process warranty that could encompass individual product performance up to an entire water injection system.

From offshore water injection to enhanced oil recovery, Veolia solves your challenges

Offshore water injection consists of injecting seawater into oil reservoirs to maintain or increase oil production. A number of reservoirs, such as those found off the coast of Brazil and West Africa, in the North Sea and in the Gulf of Mexico, require that the water be treated before injection. This treatment consists of removing the sulfate present in seawater to avoid scaling, which would adversely impact oil production. Nanofiltration membranes are typically used for this application, which when in combination with a proper prefiltration scheme and chemical program, ensure that practically all the sulfate is removed from the seawater.

Enhancing oil production can also be achieved through membrane technology by designing water injection systems where water salinity can be adjusted. Recent experiments have shown that reduced salinity water can positively impact the amount of oil being recovered from a series of different reservoirs. This technology can be promising for existing fields in the North Sea and the Gulf of Mexico where oil production is declining. In addition, it may be beneficial to use low salinity technology instead of sulfate removal in early stages since Veolia's salt reducing membranes also remove sulfate from seawater.

Sulfate Removal

Protect your assets and maximize your return on investment

As the Oil & Gas industry shifts offshore exploration to deeper waters, operators must protect assets to maximize their ROI. Sulfate Removal is important to ensure production well assets are protected and remain free of barium and strontium scale, which would precipitate if untreated seawater is injected. Veolia’s new membrane rejects sulfate and minimizes scale formation. This membrane can be retrofitted into existing systems or used in new systems. Additionally, Veolia offers membrane cleaning and process chemistries used on different platforms and FPSOs worldwide.

Featured Products

  • Cartridge Filters & Ultrafiltration Systems: Prefiltration systems protect membrane systems by removing the suspended solids and larger impurities in seawater. Veolia specializes in both cartridge filtration and ultrafiltration for seawater applications. The right prefiltration system can reduce your operating costs and maintain the efficiency of the NF membrane system.

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  • Nanofiltration Membranes: The SWRS Series is a nanofiltration membrane specifically developed for seawater sulfate removal. It is built on Veolia’s robust DK membrane platform, which has been used for over 30 years in some of the most challenging applications.

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  • Sulfate Removal Process Packages: Veolia’s sulfate removal process package offers flexible solutions for sulfate removal. A process package incorporates a portion of the sulfate removal unit into the customer’s own scope of work. 

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  • Pre-engineered Solutions: Veolia’s pre-engineered solutions for sulfate removal rely on global experience in engineering and manufacturing of water treatment technology and expertise in the Oil & Gas industry.

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  • Onboard Integrated Service Program: Improve the operation of your water treatment assets with OnBoard – OnBoard enables owners of Veolia equipment to take advantage of a single source for productions and a preventative maintenance program to fit your system’s requirements. 

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Low Salinity Water Injection

Low Salinity Water Injection

Veolia is currently works with Oil & Gas clients at developing an optimal low salinity water injection solution. We are also involved in several promising pilot trials where we are supplying water treatment technology and engineering work. If you are interested in low salinity water flooding (onshore and offshore) and would like to find out more about this EOR method, please contact us.

Variable Salinity Water Injection

Variable Salinity Water Injection

Veolia has developed the first of its kinds process in the industry that consists of a modular variable salinity system specifically designed to meet the conditions necessary for the preparation and injection of different chemicals along the EOR cycle. The system provides the flexibility to separate feedwater of varying salinity levels and create fluids that are consistently low in hardness while maintaining constant effluent salinity and flow rate. 

Benefits of Variable Salinity Water Injection

Veolia’s variable salinity water injection solution helps optimize CEOR operation in addition to providing cost and environmental benefits. This process allows producers to inject only the exact amount needed into the reservoir resulting in higher oil recovery and lower risk.

This innovative approach eliminates the need for an external source of salt, decreases the amount of polymer required for the CEOR water injection process and reduces the time required to change from one salinity water to another, directly representing a lower CAPEX and OPEX as well as little downtime between various flooding stages.

The system is based on a pre-engineered modular design comprising of ultrafiltration, nanofiltration and reverse osmosis technologies. This translates to quick deployment and installation reducing field service requirements and lowering project risk. The process can be fully automated with Veolia’s digital services allowing direct access to expert advice while minimizing operating expenses.

If you are interested in variable salinity water flooding and would like to find out more about this enhanced oil recovery method, please contact us.