Canadian Refinery Installs GE Wastewater Technology

Aug. 19, 2016
Federated Co-Operatives Limited will reuse 100% of its water.

Refinery installs GE ZeeWeed MBR system.

Federated Co-Operatives Limited’s Co-op Refinery Complex in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, is installing GE’s water recycling technology for a wastewater improvement project that will enable the refinery to clean 100% of its wastewater on site, according to GE. Once fully operational, the Co-op Refinery Complex will reportedly be the only refinery in North America to recycle all its wastewater for steam production, which is used for heating, hydrogen production, to power equipment and for cooling towers.

Several years ago the refinery expanded its operations to produce 30,000 more barrels of oil per day (BPD), taking it from a 100,000 BPD to a 130,000-BPD facility, which increased its water usage, according to GE. The refinery’s current water source is a blend of well water and city water. GE’s ZeeWeed membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology and a high-efficiency reverse osmosis (HERO) system will recycle and reuse 2 million gallons of wastewater a day, according to the company.

After commissioning, the refinery will reduce its use of freshwater by 28%, according to GE, which is the equivalent of approximately 3,100 households in Regina, on an annual basis. The complex will reportedly also decrease volatile organic compound emissions from its wastewater ponds and reduce the associated nuisance odors. The wastewater improvement project is expected to be fully operational by the fall of 2016.

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