Sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB) can have very detrimental effects on gas and oil extraction technology. SRB is a group of specialized microorganisms that occur in aqueous environments in the absence of oxygen. The formed H2S in this process is the principal agent in the disastrous effects caused by SRB. It contaminates gas and stored oil, plugs injection wells, and promotes corrosion of iron and steel in the absence of oxygen (anaerobic corrosion).
Another principal mechanism by which SRB are involved in corrosion is their ability to depolarize iron surfaces by consumption of cathodically formed hydrogen. It also multiplies with high speed every 20 minutes. To eliminate the SRB problems, ULTRAAQUA UV can supply efficient standalone UV systems or fully integrated containerized packages, with all necessary equipment to include UV reactor, combined control cabinet, manifolds, valves, and pre-filter if applicable.
For various marine applications, ULTRAAQUA UV has supplied systems in high-grade steel such as Duplex, Super duplex, SMO254, and titanium as well as PP or PEHD plastics, known for their advanced corrosion resilience. ULTRAAQUA UV systems are of the highest possible quality due to the optimized design for operation in harsh environments and stringent manufacturing standards.
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In the oil and gas industry, UV disinfection is utilized to treat water used in various processes, including hydraulic fracturing and cooling operations. Utilizing UV systems ensures that the water is free from harmful microorganisms, preventing biofouling and corrosion in equipment and pipelines.
UV disinfection is a sustainable option as it reduces the reliance on chemical treatments and minimizes the environmental footprint of water treatment in oil and gas operations.
UV systems can be integrated into existing water treatment processes with relative ease. They are modular and can be scaled to meet the specific needs of different oil and gas operations.
UV treatment is beneficial for managing produced water, as it effectively disinfects this water for reuse or safe discharge. This helps in reducing the environmental impact of oil and gas operations and can also lower water procurement and disposal costs.