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Texas Sales Begin For OriginClear’s Crude Oil Sweetening Liquid Technology

OriginClear Inc. has announced that Cobalt Aqua Control LLC recently shipped its first commercial sale of 15 barrels of an injectable crude oil sweetening liquid, produced with OriginClear technology, to an oil operator in South Texas.

Cobalt is a developer of oil and gas technology and remediation solutions based in Houston. OriginClear licensed its Advanced Oxidation (EWS:AOx) technology to Cobalt and, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, has a significant membership interest in Cobalt. Cobalt’s process produces a liquid that can significantly improve oil recovery, reduce corrosive gas in the crude stream and increase overall ROI for operators.

CAC installing its H2S-N system at a customer’s gas production well in Texas.

Known as H2S-Neutralizer (H2S-N), this injectable liquid has demonstrated a dramatic improvement in oil recovery ratios, as evidenced by a stable increase in wellhead pressure. In addition, H2S-N has been shown to significantly reduce hydrogen sulfide (H2S) concentration in the crude stream.

“In the first field trial we did with H2S-N, we were able to increase wellhead pressure in a gas well from an unstable 20 psi to an average 40 psi for a six-month period,” said William Germano Jr., co-founder and manager of Cobalt Aqua Control. “Working with OriginClear will help oil and gas operators get more value out of their production, with minimal environmental impact.”

In addition to wellhead pressure testing, other tests were performed with crude oil contaminated with H2S, or hydrogen sulfide, a highly corrosive gas that helps cause crude oil to become “sour” and lose value in the market. In field tests, hydrogen sulfide was measured from a 200 ppm concentration down to below readable value (pp. 5 and 6 of the lab report).

“The market imposes a penalty for sour crude of about 13 billion US dollars annually,” said Jean-Louis “JL” Kindler, president of OriginClear Technologies. “With oil prices still very low, producers are eager for any solution to the problem. Cobalt has an innovative approach of selling liquid, which generates a recurring revenue stream. We are delighted to be partners in this venture.”

Reducing hydrogen sulfide in crude oil can not only improve the value of crude by eight to 10 per cent, but also worker safety and logistics, because containers and pipelines require frequent maintenance when used with crude oil contaminated with as little as five ppm of H2S.

OriginClear first announced in November its proprietary electro-oxidation technology can effectively remove 96 per cent of bacteria and 97 per cent of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) from produced water, without chemicals. Results were reported after lab and field testing on produced water from the Eagle Ford shale, and further validated in the recent Cobalt tests.

Through its wholly owned subsidiaries, OriginClear provides systems and services to treat water in a wide range of industries, such as municipal, pharmaceutical, semiconductors, industrial, and oil and gas.


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