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Treatment of contaminated Flowback water in shale gas development

Abdelalim, Ahmed Zidan (2015) Treatment of contaminated Flowback water in shale gas development. IRC, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS. (Unpublished)

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Flowback water from shale gas well drilling has a high TDS (total dissolved solids) content, ranging from 5000 ppm to 261,000 ppm, along with a TSS (total suspended solids) content of 300–3000 mg/L. Recently, the rapid expansion of shale gas production in Marcellus Formation has raised serious environmental concerns about the large amount of flowback water in this area. In this project a process based on ceramic membrane filtration and ion-exchange is optimised for the treatment of the flowback water from Marcellus Formation. Mixed bed ion-exchange will then be employed to reduce the high TDS concentration of flowback water. Finally, a preliminary cost estimation of the proposed treatment process will be conducted. The studied process contains a combination of two MF (microfiltration) membranes. After treatment, all TSS and >99% of TDS should be successfully removed from the flowback water to meet the criteria for surface discharge. The cost estimation of the treatment is expected to be around 18.4 $/m3

Item Type: Final Year Project
Academic Subject : Academic Department - Chemical Engineering - Separation Process
Subject: T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Divisions: Engineering > Chemical
Depositing User: Ahmad Suhairi Mohamed Lazim
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2015 15:53
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2017 09:35
URI: http://utpedia.utp.edu.my/id/eprint/15761

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