SUEZ agrees to help improve water treatment at Rosneft sites

Article by Amanda Doyle

SUEZ technology currently in operation at the Bashneft-Ufaneftekhim refinery, a Rosneft-affiliated company

SUEZ has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Rosneft to improve water and wastewater processes at the Russian oil company’s operations.

The agreement was signed at the 2018 St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, which took place on 25 May. It will further the development and implementation of the technologies necessary for the water, wastewater, and waste programs at Rosneft’s refineries and petrochemical sites.

SUEZ will provide technology for wastewater pre-treatment, biological water purification, desalination for reuse, water purification by evaporation, treatments for cooling water systems and pilot testing if needed. SUEZ technologies could also be introduced for oil and gas production, with a focus on enhanced oil recovery and treatment of heavy water produced at some Rosneft fields.

The two companies have worked together for more than a decade. In January this year, Rosneft began operations of a biological wastewater treatment plant using SUEZ technology at its Bashneft-Ufaneftekhim facility. It uses SUEZ’s membrane bioreactor (MBR) and electrodialysis reversal (EDR) technology to treat up to 84,000 m3/d of wastewater.

“Effectiveness and environmental safety of the oil and gas production is only possible if the latest technologies are used," said Andrey Shishkin, Rosneft vice president.Rosneft highly prioritises innovative development in its operations and actively uses the latest digital technologies in all areas of the company's activities.”

Article by Amanda Doyle

Staff Reporter, The Chemical Engineer

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