Produced Water Evaluation

Map of Produced Water Test LocationPurpose

Evaluate the reuse of produced oil field water for irrigation, stockwater, or other potential uses such as industrial or municipal.

History

Treating produced oil field water is not a new concept.  Several other states have been using treated produced water to alleviate the need for disposal of this waste product.  Currently, Kansas is injecting produced water into the Arbuckle Formation where remaining disposal capacity in areas is becoming a growing concern. The Kansas Water Office (KWO) submitted a WaterSMART grant proposal to the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) for funding which was selected for award. The project will be located near Hardtner, KS, where a collection tank for an injection well is located.  The project will treat produced water for 60 days using a one of a kind piece of equipment to bring this water down to acceptable levels for irrigation or stockwater.  A sample collected in August of 2016 had chlorides at 120,000 ppm and boron at 17 ppm, these need to be reduced to 250 ppm and 4 ppm respectively to meet stockwater requirements.

Current Updates

The equipment has been fabricated with reassembly nearly completed after special coatings were applied to separate sections of the unit. Testing at the fabrication facility will take place within the next two weeks and then the unit will be transported to the site near Hardtner, Kansas.

 

Timeline

  • The grant application was submitted in July of 2017
  • The BOR awarded the grant in September of 2017
  • Lost original contractor in spring of 2019
  • Located alternate contractor in spring of 2019
  • Equipment set to be on the ground near Hardtner Kansas in May of 2020.
  • The pilot project will operate for 60 consecutive days.

Funding

The total project submitted to the BOR is $1,299,175. Of this amount $1.1 million is in-kind in the form of equipment needed to treat the produced water. Grant money requested from the BOR totals $199,175.

Project Manager

Kirk Tjelmeland

KWO Office
900 SW Jackson Street
Suite 404
Topeka, Kansas 66612
Phone: 785-296-3185
Fax: 785-296-0878
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