Effectiveness of Sand Filtration and Activated Carbon in Oilfield Wastewater Treatment

International Journal of Chemical Engineering Research
© 2020 by SSRG - IJCER Journal
Volume 7 Issue 2
Year of Publication : 2020
Authors : Stanley E. Ngene, Kiran Tota-Maharaj
: 10.14445/23945370/IJCER-V7I2P102
MLA Style:

Stanley E. Ngene, Kiran Tota-Maharaj, "Effectiveness of Sand Filtration and Activated Carbon in Oilfield Wastewater Treatment" SSRG International Journal of Chemical Engineering Research 7.2 (2020): 13-23.

APA Style:

Stanley E. Ngene, Kiran Tota-Maharaj,(2020). Effectiveness of Sand Filtration and Activated Carbon in Oilfield Wastewater Treatment. SSRG International Journal of Chemical Engineering Research 7(2), 13-23.


The design and installation of produced water treatment plant in oil and gas production facility involves the expenditure of high capital cost. This cost has been a limiting factor for most small indigenous oil and gas production operation especially those that require to meet only oil-in-water regulatory limit of 30ppm before disposal; this is the situation in the case study facility. In view of this gap, it becomes necessary to design a process which may either be incorporated into the existing plant or installed separately at minimum cost to ensure the produced water are treated to meet regulatory requirement for disposal of produced water without incurring heavy capital cost. This work, a part of an on-going research on the application of environmental process engineering for pollutants reduction and energy savings in crude oil production processes, is designed to help operators meet regulatory limit for disposal of produced water without heavy capital investment. Although the result of this work will increase the profitability of crude oil and natural gas production process, it is limited to treatment of produced water for disposal for small scale production and may not be employed for produced water treatment above 5,000 barrels of liquid per day is required.


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Key Words:

Produced water, oil-in-water, regulatory limit, hydrocarbon, adsorption.