DuPont Chemical Solutions (DuPont) and Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE: BHI) announced today a strategic arrangement aimed at bringing a more sustainable water treatment technology to the oil and gas industry. The two companies have been collaborating since early this year.
Baker Hughes will incorporate chemical compounds and specialized equipment from DuPont, as well as the company's expertise in the application of chlorine dioxide (ClO2), in conjunction with Baker Hughes' H2prO™ water management service to augment its Pressure Pumping operations. The cooperation between Baker Hughes and DuPont will lead to provide industry-leading best practices for water treatment and knowledge sharing between the two companies.
"DuPont is privileged to work with Baker Hughes, a global leader in the oil field services industry," said Bill King, North America sales manager for DuPont Water Technologies. "Baker Hughes is a respected brand in the industry and they will be a strong advocate for our technology in the upstream markets for supporting hydraulic fracturing and other oilfield water treatment operations."
ClO2 is used to treat water in the pressure pumping process. While this compound is in its infancy in the oil and gas industry, it has been used for more than 60 years in municipal drinking water, food processing and industrial cooling applications. Process water in oil and gas operations is treated to prevent the growth of bacteria and other organisms to maximize the performance efficiency of wells and minimize issues such as souring, fouling and corrosion. It allows for precise dosage, requiring the use of much smaller quantities of biocide as compared to other treatment options, and is EPA drinking water approved, providing greater environmental sustainability. Using this DuPont chemical compound, the water used in pressure pumping can be treated on-site, and reused.
In addition to providing ClO2 to treat water, DuPont also provides custom-engineered generators that can be designed to achieve optimal treatment results and can be fitted to Baker Hughes' treatment trailers. The experience in equipment design provided by DuPont ensures the safe and efficient generation of ClO2.
"Our collaboration with DuPont will help us provide the most effective water management strategy to meet production objectives and lower operating expenses associated with water sourcing and disposal, with less impact to the environment," said Brage Johannessen, vice president of Water Management for Baker Hughes. "DuPont brings application knowledge and experience that will help ensure an efficient process, safe operation and optimal production."
Baker Hughes is a leading supplier of oilfield services, products, technology and systems to the worldwide oil and natural gas industry. The company's 60,000-plus employees today work in more than 80 countries helping customers find, evaluate, drill, produce, transport and process hydrocarbon resources. For more information on Baker Hughes' century-long history, visit www.bakerhughes.com.
DuPont – one of the first companies to publicly establish environmental goals more than 20 years ago – has broadened its sustainability commitments beyond internal footprint reduction to include market-driven targets for both revenue and research and development investment. The goals are tied directly to business growth, specifically to the development of safer and environmentally improved new products for key global markets.
DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit www.dupont.com.
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H2prO™ is a trademark of Baker Hughes Incorporated.
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