E3 Solutions will use the following comparative example of current disposal methods used in drilling operations with the main focus of using E3’s Varimax-40 enhanced evaporation system versus trucking and injection: "The costs for hauling away wastewater for deep-well injection ranges between $0.07 and $0.17 per gallon. For a newly fracked well, the cost could reach $100,000 for transporting over 588,000 gallons of flowback – water levels produced from each basin, and indeed, each wellhead can vary. Plus, an additional potential 142,800 gallons each day of transported produced wastewater, at $20,000 per day. To haul water off-site for disposal over the 20-year life of a hydraulic fracturing well-project, it was estimated to cost $160 million (includes trucking costs, water disposal costs and labor)."-Source Energy Central website article.
Trucking to Evaporation Pond Disposal Site
- One disposal truck holds ~100 barrels, or 4200 gallons produced water.
- Average round-trip travel from well to disposal site is 86 miles.
- Increased diesel emissions.
- Dust emissions from driving on dirt roads.
- Impacts on road surface with heavy loads.
- Potential to harm wildlife crossing on roadways.
- Potential for wrecks and spills.
- Still need to dispose of the produced water.
Deep Injection Wells
- Initial expense for well between $1 to $4 Million dollars depending on depth of well.
- Disposal cost between $0.01 and $0.04 per gallon.
- Well hole is drilled through and often breaches local freshwater aquifers.
- No tracking method of what happens to water once back in the ground.
- No long-term monitoring on wells.
- Well failures and clogging.
- Limits on pressures which limits amounts of gallons downhole.
- Injection wells cause seismic activity. Source: USGS
Injection Well Picture Source: Stanford University
E3 Solutions Sustainable Varimax-40 Advantage
A single Varimax-40 typical operational and maintenance cost per 1000 gallons evaporated using industrial grid power is $1.05, making the Varimax-40 one of the most economical choices for wastewater disposal equipment on the market. Using a single water truck capacity of 4200 gallons, see the chart below to compare the Varimax-40 operating and maintenance cost versus trucking and injection.
- Keeps pure water in the hydrologic cycle.
- Huge reduction in environmental related damage.
- No trucking cost, diesel emissions, or road damage.
- No Earthquakes.
- Handles high TDS & TSS water with no pre-treatment.
- Quiet operation.
- Lowest energy consumption.
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