2010 Unconventional Resources

NORM Mitigation and Clean Water Recovery from Marcellus Frac Water

Subcontractor: GE Global Research

Principal Investigator: James Silva
Project Number Project Status
10122-07 Completed
RPSEA Project Manager: Kent Perry
GE Water & Process Technologies; Endicott Interconnect Technologies, Inc.
Period of Performance
Start Date End Date
January 27, 2012 March 30, 2014
Total Project Cost RPSEA Share Cost Share
$1,884,591.00 $1,488,827.00 $376,918.00
Project Objectives

The project objective was to develop a cost-effective process to recover distilled water and a salable salt product from Marcellus frac water. The first goal was to develop a pretreatment process that removes NORM, particularly 226Ra, from frac water and enables disposal of a NORM-concentrate in an environmentally responsible manner. The second goal was to develop a brine concentrator based on membrane distillation (MD) that is suitable for Marcellus frac water desalination and is significantly less capital cost-intensive than currently available evaporators. The emphasis of both objectives is that pretreatment and brine concentration may be accomplished in mobile facilities. It is anticipated that crystallization will occur in a central treatment facility. The successful execution of this project should reduce the cost and environmental impact of hydrofracturing.

File Type Date
NORM Mitigation and Clean Water Recovery from Marcellus Produced Water ( 5.0 MB ) Final Report 04/14
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