Canadian Refinery Installs GE Wastewater Technology

By Chemical Processing Staff

Aug 19, 2016

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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  • though it look good. we are here in India also using GE supplied MBR, RO and evaporator units. the question arises what will you with salts generated from reject stream of RO. for 200 cu.m/hr plant salts generation varies from 20-30 ton per day. when will you dump that hazardous salts. its just conversion of pollution from water to land. how will you eliminate that. some process should be developed to leach out or extract valuable compounds from salts. but that again will be a costly project for companies. any generally management is not interested in these project because it just increase in operating cost. even these recycling projects are did only to satisfy government, and Environment agency pressure.


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