In 2011, OriginOil first announced it had selected Pacific Advanced Civil Engineering, Inc. (PACE) of Fountain Valley, California, to fast-track the rollout of its systems in response to immediate customer demand. In early 2012, PACE found that OriginOil’s algae harvesting process was able to remove 98% of hydrocarbons from a sample of West Texas oil well ‘frac flowback’ water in the first stage alone.
Soon after, OriginOil agreed to work with PACE to collaborate with oil field operators in Texas and elsewhere to improve petroleum recovery and water cleaning for re-use at well sites. By June of that year, OriginOil had retained PACE to engineer the first commercial units, designed to help process up to 1 barrel of petroleum-contaminated “frac flowback” water per minute, or up to 60,000 gallons per day.
Founded over 25 years ago, PACE offers a wide range of engineering services related to water, wastewater, stormwater management and water resource permitting and regulatory compliance to ensure projects are both economically viable and environmentally sustainable.
On 15 May, 2013, OriginOil announced it has selected Los Angeles-based Clean Water Technology (CWT), to manufacture the company’s Electro Water Separation systems. With CWT providing the manufacturing expertise and Pacific Advanced Civil Engineering providing the professional detail engineering expertise, OriginOil has built a strong commercial team.
“At this phase, Clean Water Technology represents what we need in a manufacturer for the rollout and commercialization of this technology,” said Riggs Eckelberry, CEO of OriginOil. “When we had to scale up fast for our Australian algae harvesting pilot program, CWT delivered. We’re pleased that they have found a way to manufacture these units quickly so that we can prove ourselves in the oil fields this summer.”
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