Produced water treatment

Considerable quantities of reservoir water are obtained as a by-product of the oil and gas production processes. In order to protect the environment and also the formation, this water has to be processed. If it is not treated, it cannot be returned directly into the sea, nor can it be used for re-injection purposes in order to boost the pressure in the reservoir. The aim is to treat the formation in such a way that no hazardous traces of oil and undissolved solids are able to enter the environment or the formation with the water. GEA supports this process with processing systems which operate reliably and cost-effectively on drilling vessels and platforms or on land.

Benefits of our centrifuges
  • Efficient de-oiling of produced water
  • Separation of fine particles
  • Continuous operation with patented self-cleaning sludge removal system
  • Reduce residual oil content to max. 5 ppm, meeting IMO standards
  • Reduced disposal costs
  • Space-saving design
  • Low energy consumption
  • Significant reduction in operating costs
Meeting IMO regulations

Across various processes in the oil and gas industry, including the treatment of produced water, strict adherence to environmental regulations is crucial. To meet the standards set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), GEA offers specialized high-performance, self-cleaning centrifugal separators and clarifying decanter centrifuges. The goal is to efficiently reduce the oil content to levels below the legally specified limits, often set at 15 ppm or 5 ppm in some regions.

Continuous and reliable operation, along with cost-effective features such as reduced disposal costs and low energy consumption, makes GEA's solutions suitable for both offshore and onshore applications. The emphasis on compliance, efficiency and cost-effectiveness is a common thread in addressing the challenges posed by oil-contaminated water in the oil and gas industry.

Suitable for offshore and onshore use

GEA's self-cleaning disk-type centrifuges which are already being used throughout the world on numerous drilling vessels and platforms, where they operate convincingly with efficient and stable performance. With their direct drive and the fact that they are not affected by movements of the vessels, they are ideal for offshore operations, but can also be used in onshore applications. Depending on the specific requirements, our machines are also available in gas-tight and explosion-protected versions.

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