Energy Chooses VSEP Vibrating Membrane
August 29, 2006
Logic Research, Inc., the maker of VSEP, a vibratory membrane
filtration system, announced today the sale of a VSEP system
to create steam quality water from oilfield produced brine at
a BreitBurn Energy facility in Santa Barbara, County, California.
BreitBurn is a subsidiary of Provident Energy Ltd., a Canadian
The VSEP system, which employs both nanofiltration and reverse osmosis membranes,
is fed process water used in the oil production process. The VSEP product water
(permeate) is cleaner than drinking water, and will be reused as the plant's
boiler feed water.
"We're very proud to be BreitBurn's choice for produced water recycling technology," said
New Logic CEO Greg Johnson. "BreitBurn has always distinguished itself from its
competitors by embracing cutting-edge technologies. Adding VSEP to their existing
infrastructure is a logical extension of that ideal."
In evaluating the process options for water recycling at the plant, BreitBurn's
engineers considered other membrane-based technologies, as well as traditional
approaches to produced water cleanup. After on-site trials were completed,
however, BreitBurn determined that the VSEP system provided the most elegant,
cost-effective solution capable of removing the contaminants and providing
the needed boiler feed water, thus eliminating the need for expensive pretreatment
and chemical usage.
"BreitBurn has always excelled at deriving maximum value from its oilfield assets
while practicing good environmental stewardship. By using the VSEP technology
to clean up oilfield brine instead of using fresher and scarcer ground water,
we are able to simultaneously reduce our operating costs and our impact on the
water resources of Santa Barbara County," said Michael Tolbert, Project Manager
for Steam Operations at BreitBurn.
According to New Logic CTO Dr. Brad Culkin, "New Logic has always seen tremendous
potential in VSEP for produced water treatment - both onshore and offshore
- due to VSEP's unique capabilities for high recovery and high tolerance of
hydrocarbons. After many years of research and pilot testing on produced water
in locations including California, the North Sea, Latin America and Alberta's
Oil Sands, we see the BreitBurn project as the first in a long line of successful
produced water installations worldwide."
BreitBurn's VSEP system is currently being built at New Logic's Emeryville,
CA facility, and will be commissioned this autumn.
About New Logic Research, Inc.
Headquartered in Emeryville, California, New Logic Research is the leading
provider of high-performance membrane filtration systems used in a wide variety
of applications from pure water and wastewater treatment to chemical process
clarifications. Founded in 1987, New Logic has grown to meet the needs of its
ever-expanding customer base, which includes major corporations from around
the world. Today, New Logic provides a breadth of products and services for
pure water and wastewater treatment, industrial and chemical processing, power,
pulp and paper, oil and gas production and processing, paint and pigments and
electronics industries. For more information, please visit New Logic's Web
site at http://www.vsep.com.
Sample VSEP system photos located here:
High Res. CMYK: http://www.vsep.com/images/vsep_4x5_300dpi.eps
Web Res. JPG: http://www.vsep.com/images/vsep_clouds.jpg
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