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OriginOil Accelerates Commercialization of CLEAN-FRAC System with First Commercial Unit Planned for 3rd Quarter

As OriginOil completes successful demonstration tour at Eagle Ford Formation in Texas, licensee plans to deliver first commercial unit by Q3 2013

Los Angeles, CA – April 2, 2013 – OriginOil, Inc. (OTCBB: OOIL), the developer of a breakthrough energy production process for the oil and algae industries, recently introduced its CLEAN-FRAC™ system to the Texas oil and gas industry and its publications, while its first licensee plans to deliver a first commercial unit in the 3rd Quarter of this year.

Following the completion of field trials in the Lost Hills oil production area of Bakersfield, California, OriginOil launched two weeks of demonstrations for operators and service companies in the Eagle Ford shale region near San Antonio, and for industry analysts and reporters in Houston, Texas.

Guest operators and service companies remarked on the clarity of the effluent water and the amount of “sludge” separated from the water. Highlights are available in this video:

The company is now helping its first OEM licensing partner, PACE subsidiary PearlH20, deploy a one barrel per minute integrated frack water cleanup system that uses its CLEAN-FRAC process as the first stage. The deployment of the mobile container-based system is initially slated for the 3rd Quarter in the Bakersfield area.

Dr. Gerald Bailey, former President of Exxon for the Arabian Gulf and OriginOil’s Oil and Gas Industry Advisor, was present for the technology demonstrations and commented, “The response by the operators was overwhelmingly positive. The discussion was all about how CLEAN-FRAC enables the recycling of frac flowback or produced water, resulting in significant cost savings and environmental benefits. With OriginOil’s technology, operators will be able to significantly reduce the amount of fresh water purchased for the fracing process.”

Basing its San Antonio area presentations in nearby Pleasanton, OriginOil used frac flowback water with a high amount of solids kept in solution by anti-coagulants, and a small trace of oil. CLEAN-FRAC coagulated the solids despite the presence of the anticoagulants, reducing organics by as much as 99 percent and suspended solids as much as 98 percent, as measured in the on-site mobile lab.

“CLEAN-FRAC represents a new generation of water treatment that is chemical-free, low energy and beneficial to the environment.” said Riggs Eckelberry, OriginOil CEO. “It not only generates significant cost savings through less trucking and water purchases, but could help recapture significantly more oil products, while helping to  preserve our scarce water resources.”

Bill Charneski, General Manager of OriginOil’s Oil and Gas Division, stated “Electrocoagulation is believed to be the best technology for the first stage of frac flowback and produced water treatment. OriginOil’s CLEAN-FRAC process not only removes the organics and suspended solids, but also can eliminate bacterial contamination, at a lower cost than competitors.”

In March, OriginOil estimated that the planned offering from PearlH2O that integrates CLEAN-FRAC, could cost substantially less than industry giant Halliburton’s published costs for cleaning flowback water for reuse in wells.

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