In the rugged Northern Alberta environment, installation of conventional Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) produced water treatment systems can be challenging. SAGD is a technique to recover bitumen from the oil sands formation. The oil is recovered by further processing and upgrading the recovered bitumen which are called Oil Sands. As the bituminous resource is mixed with sand in the formation the liquid that is brought to the surface is a mixture of oil and water. The oil and water are separated in a deoiling process.
The water is then sent to Aquatech’s produced water treatment system. Once water is purified, the water is used as feed to the boiler for generation of steam for injection into the formation and the cycle continues. SmartMOD® is an advanced water recycle solution for produced water treatment in the SAGD process. Innovative design transforms tall, thermal evaporator vessels into smaller modular sections that maintain vertical falling principles in addition to enhancing system performance and reliability.