Dow's TEQUATIC PLUS Increases Recycled Produced Water Usage

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The Dow Chemical Company 's DOW self-cleaning TEQUATIC PLUS F-75  filters have been used by an oilfield water service provider in helping a Colorado oilfield operator to cut water sourcing and hauling costs for hydraulic fracturing. The integration of the filter into a water treatment plant has more than tripled the usage of recycled produced water to almost 100%.

BNN Energy, the service provider, determined the ability of bag filters, dissolved air flotation (DAF), and TEQUATIC PLUS Filters to remove high, oily total suspended solids (TSS) in produced water prior to recycling. It was found that the bag filters that were utilized in the customer's existing system required heavy maintenance and filter changes. Further, only 30% of the produced water could be recycled due to microbial growth issues during storage and continual treatment of the water with bleach was expensive. As a result of this, most of the produced water was discarded. It was also found that DAF required continuous, cost-prohibitive monitoring.

TEQUATIC PLUS, on the other hand, is more simple and economical to use and require minimal maintenance, filter changes and chemicals to treat high-solids, oily water. Owing to this property, the recycled water in storage tanks is much less prone to microbial growth. Finer filtration also allows higher blend rates of recycled produced water used in additional fracking jobs, which reduces the cost of maintenance, consumables, water sourcing and water treatment

BNN installed five TEQUATIC PLUS filters in the new water treatment plant in Dec 2014, and was able to recycle almost 100% of produced water, more efficiently than with the conventional technologies. BNN expects to save about $2 per barrel of water for its customer, thus reducing water-related operating costs by about 60%.

TEQUATIC PLUS filters can also be easily mounted on mobile platforms and remotely monitored off site. Remote monitoring enables staff to adjust the system to varying frack water conditions via mobile device - which is convenient and leads to savings.

The concern for scarcity of water also becomes lesser due to recyclability and reusability. BNN intends to continue to integrate TEQUATIC PLUS filters in similar oilfield applications.

Dow's shares closed roughly 1.6% lower at $44.75 on Aug 18. The stock is down around 15% over a year.

Dow currently has a Zacks Rank #3 ( Hold).

Some better-ranked stocks in the chemical space are Innospec Inc. IOSP , LyondellBasell Industries N.V. LYB and Akzo Nobel N.V. AKZOY . While Innospec sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), both LyondellBasell and Akzo Nobel carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

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