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Produced Water Treatment Specialists

Esmil Process Systems Ltd. specialises in the design and installation of Produced Water Treatment systems.

Produced Water may contain high concentrations of suspended solids, organic compounds and heavy metals, which require reduction to very low levels before discharge to a water course. Our Produced Water Treatment systems utilise the conventional separation processes for the removal of bulk contaminants, followed by state of the art membrane separation and absorption processes to achieve very low levels of contaminants in the treated effluent (Figure 1).

Our Produced Water Treatment systems enable plants to function reliably, even with wide ranging variations in feed quality.

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Produced Water Systems

How our Produced Water Treatment systems work

  1. Conventional pre-treatment, such as corrugated plate separation, hydrocyclones, air flotation or sand filtration is used to remove the bulk of the oil and suspended solids.
  2. The 'clarified' water is physically polished by membrane Ultrafiltration, which reduces oil concentration to less than 0.3 mg/l, and suspended solids to below the limits of detection. The Ultrafiltration membranes utilise a modified polyacrylonitrile chemistry, which has been developed to be extremely oleo phobic and thus resistant to free-oil fouling.
  3. The oil and suspended solid free water is treated using membrane Nanofiltration, which removes the bulk of heavy metals and organic compounds. Nanofiltration provides negligible resistance to the passage of monovalent ions such as chlorides, so it is able to operate on high salinity waters where the inefficient productivity of Reverse Osmosis would render it uneconomical.
  4. Trace organics and heavy metals in the Nanofiltration permeate are removed by Activated Carbon absorbers and selective Ion-Exchange resin. The pre-treatment by Nanofiltration significantly increases the bed life of these two media. Table 1. shows typical specifications for feed and treated effluent streams from a gas field produced water.

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Table 1. Typical specification for feed and treated produced water.




Suspended Solids

100 mg/l

< 0.1 mg/l

Oils, Fats and Greases

15 mg/l

< 0.3 mg/l


1 mg/l

0.0005 mg/l


0.5 mg/l

0.005 mg/l


1 mg/l

0.0002 mg/l


185 mg/l

1 mg/l


4093 mg/l

< 50 mg/l


0.5 mg/l

0.1 mg/l


25 mg/l

0.1 mg/l

Where does it all go?

Ultrafiltration reject is recycled to the front end of the process and the concentrated oil is reclaimed on site. The various sludge and aqueous waste streams are combined before undergoing precipitation, flocculation and filtration, to produce a ‘cake’ for landfill, and a filtrate that can be recycled through the process. The degree of treatment is designed to meet client specified limits such that the treated water is suitable for re-use on site or discharge to water course.

Why choose us as your Produced Water Treatment Specialists

  • Over 25 years experience in the design and installation of Produced Water Treatment systems.
  • Wide client base across the UK, USA and Middle East.
  • Unique design philosophy combining conventional treatment stages supplemented by membrane treatments.
  • Produced Water Treatment specialists.

Contact us for our Produced Water Treatment systems

For more information regarding our Produced Water Treatment systems contact our specialists today. Call us direct on 01494 526 155 or fill out our online enquiry form and we'll get back to you.

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