Full Name

2010 Unconventional Resources

Novel Engineered Osmosis Technology: A Comprehensive Approach to the Treatment and Reuse of Produced Water and Drilling Wastewater

Subcontractor: Colorado School of Mines

Principal Investigator: Tzahi Cath
Project Number Project Status
10122-39 Completed
RPSEA Project Manager: Sandy McSurdy
Hydration Technology Innovations; Bear Creek Services; Stewart Environmental Consultants; Pinnacle Operating Co.; MS Energy; PENN Virginia Oil and Gas; Veil Environmental LLC; Emerging Products Technical Consulting LLC
Period of Performance
Start Date End Date
June 26, 2012 May 31, 2016
Total Project Cost RPSEA Share Cost Share
$1,657,017.00 $1,321,242.00 $335,775.00
Project Objectives

The objective of this project was to investigate the osmotically driven membrane processes. They are processes that utilize osmosis as a driving force to extract water from highly impaired water while concentrating and minimizing the volume of the contaminated streams. The proposed research will advance the development and implementation of the forward osmosis, osmotic dilution, a novel ultrafiltration process for treatment and management of well drilling, stimulation wastewater and produced water in many unconventional and conventional gas and oil fields. These processes have the potential to substantially reduce the overall costs and environmental impacts associated with gas and oil production.


File Name File Type Date
Forward Osmosis Novel Desalination Produced Water Article 02/14
Sweet Spot Forward Osmosis Treatment Produced Water Drilling Wastewater Complex Liquid Streams Article 11/13