As an alternative to seawater desalination, produced water can be treated for reinjection to avoid the intake of seawater or freshwater. The produced fluids consist of a combination of crude oil, formation water and the injected water. In order to allow the reinjection of produced water, pretreatment and purification of the water is necessary to meet the specifications required for reinjection.
This project investigates the produced water reinjection possibilities for IOR and EOR. The purpose of this project is to identify, develop and demonstrate methods to pretreat and purify the produced water for reinjection. Next to artificial feed waters, produced water from oil production locations will be used in laboratory experiments. Attention shall be paid to both pre-treatment requirements, membrane fouling and development of new membranes for produced water treatment. The effect of residual oils, production chemicals (scale and corrosion controlling chemicals) and biocides on membrane performance will be evaluated.
Salary and working conditions are according to the collective labor agreement of the Cooperative Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU) for PhD students. PhD students are appointed by one of the cooperating universities but research is mainly conducted at Wetsus in Leeuwarden.
Wetsus acts as Technological Top Institute for Water technology and is located in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. Wetsus’ scientific research program is defined by the private and public water sector and conducted by leading universities.
Co-promotor: prof. dr. ir. A. Janssen (University of Wageningen)