Orion’s chlorine dioxide biocide system works faster, boosts production, saves money

Orion’s Senior Vice President of Operations and Technology, Gary Griesenbeck discusses treatment options with Systems Operator Clint Wilson at a treat-ment site in Midland County. Call the Midland office at tel:432-219-8100 to learn more about how Orion’s water treatment can save money and boost production.

You thought you had your biocide treatment set for the frac job on a particular well. You’d tested the water and had your glut/quat mix on a “set and forget” track.

Then you find out that there was unexpected bacteria contamination from a truck hauling water, from a tank or blended produced water somewhere else. So now you have bacteria problems downhole, which can lead to corrosion, scaling, and well-souring.

Looks like you’re facing either a loss of production or you have to delay production to do a workover. This is along with the cost of the workover itself, which can run $100,000 or more in many cases.

Your next completion job can go much more smoothly, with one phone call to Orion Water Solutions.

Orion Water Solutions Chief Technologist Gary Griesenbeck lists three ways his company’s chlorine dioxide (ClO2) system eliminates bacteria-caused problems in frac jobs, no matter the source of your water.

“First, with ClO2 we can monitor changes in the treatment’s effectiveness, on the fly, as the frac progresses,” he says. “Unlike conventional biocides (i.e. glutaraldehyde), ClO2 is an oxidative biocide which allows you to measure the dosage effectiveness in real-time, as you’re pumping the job.”

By tracking key process indicators before and after ClO2 is injected, especially after bacteria-laden frac sand is mixed in, Orion’s technicians can determine changes in the bacteria level during the progress of the frac job. Monitoring and readjusting the dosage prevents overtreatment—which saves money on treatment—and it makes sure sufficient bacteria are destroyed to prevent problems downhole.

Second, because ClO2 is an oxidative biocide, it acts faster than poisons like glut. So if it’s determined that bacteria content has increased, ClO2 acts more quickly to return bacteria to acceptable levels.

Third, Orion technicians can treat tanks, pipelines and other water storage and transportation equipment before they’re put into use, eliminating hidden bacteria problems before they start.

Says Griesenbeck, “This is just like a surgeon sterilizing his instruments before surgery, to make sure they don’t introduce infection to a patient. We’re making sure that every drop of fluid that goes downhole is adequately treated so we don’t put bacteria in the formation.”

There are safety features to Orion’s system. Instead of pushing biocide into the mix, Orion uses a flow-based suction system to pull its ClO2 into the mixing chamber. When the flow stops, so does the injection of chlorine dioxide, and that helps prevent overdosing and mixing errors compared to systems that pump biocide under pressure.

By reducing the chances for bacteria-induced problems, Orion’s ClO2-based treatments offer a many-fold return on investment. More and more producers in the Permian Basin, Mid-Con, and Eagle Ford are turning to Orion for reliable biocide treatment. Call them this week to eliminate downhole bacteria issues.

Call us today at (432) 219-8100.


Here’s how to avoid drowning in red ink when starting a water re-use program

Orion Water Solutions’ Midland team: Hunter Waters (left) and Phillip Ward, can help you get the most efficient and effective produced water treatment system for use in fracturing or other uses. Call them at 432-219-8100.

More and more producers are replacing at least some fresh water with treated produced water in fracturing and in other applications. When invoking best practices in the treatment process, this is a great idea. It can save money while lessening the ever-increasing competition for fresh water.

Orion Water Solutions President Warren Sumner offers some pointers on how to keep costs in line while still reducing total suspended solids (TSS), iron, sulfates and other contaminants to acceptable levels.

Big is okay but smaller is often better “While many operators are building produced-water pits that will hold a million barrels of water or more, there are several reasons smaller may be better,” Sumner says.

First is the expense—and delay—of building a huge pond and water treatment facility. “From the planning phase to final construction, a multi-well plant can take a year or more. Meanwhile, all that produced water has to go somewhere, probably into an injection well.”

Orion Water Solutions has indeed built many of these large treatment plants with great success. But those plants are costly and keeping the million-barrel pits clean is also a big expense.

“Produced water has large amounts of iron, sulfates and other food for bacteria. Any size pit can go septic quickly, but the larger ones are more costly to maintain or to treat.” The best plan is to keep the water aerated and circulated.

Mobile units get up and running quickly Increasingly, operators are borrowing a page from just-in-time manufacturing techniques. “Many operators are using smaller pits or above ground storage tanks to store enough water for a day or two’s requirements, as needed for current frac jobs.”

To supply those tanks Orion offers mobile units capable of treating up to 100,000 BBL/D. These units can be set up quickly, multiple units can be used at one site and they can be easily moved as water volumes on a site fluctuate.

Blending fresh and produced water is key. One cost-effective solution is to treat 20,000 BBL/D of produced water and blend it with 60,000 BBL/D of fresh water to make 80,000 BBL/D of frac fluid. “This blend helps operators stay within certain parameters in order to keep frac chemical prices under control,” Sumner says. “For example, total dissolved solids levels under 45,000 ppm allow a producer to use less costly friction reducers.”

Where needed, the company employs its extensive experience in offering oxidative biocides during frac jobs.

Orion’s systems, both mobile-based and plant-based, have proven their reliability in the field. More than one system has been in operation 24/7 for five years. Onsite, Orion uses remote monitoring and automation to provide operators the data they need to make informed water treatment decisions.

Orion’s Midland team members bring their expertise and their dedication to excellence to every job, including yours. Call them this week and let them help you optimize your water treatment.

Call us today at (432) 219-8100