Business Commences Field Trials of Pump Protection System for Hydraulic Fracturing

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Posted: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 7:11 pm

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. -- Energy Recovery Inc., a provider of pressure energy technology for industrial fluid flows, today announced the commencement of field trials for its innovative VorTeq hydraulic pumping system.

Liberty Oilfield Services will conduct the trials at various well sites throughout the Bakken formation. The trials are expected to last at least six months. These field tests follow months of successful in-house testing, as well as extensive tests at the fabrication facility earlier this quarter. The field tests will include deployment of the VorTeq system to a live well site for testing under production conditions.

The VorTeq is the first product engineered to increase runtime and reduce maintenance costs by rerouting abrasive, proppant-laden frac fluid away from existing hydraulic fracturing pumps, such that these pumps only process clean water, and therefore last significantly longer. The core of the VorTeq hydraulic pumping system is Energy Recovery’s PX Pressure Exchanger technology, which is already in use in more than 15,000 desalination installations worldwide.

“We are excited to move forward in the next stage of development of VorTeq, which is an evolution of our existing PX technology to target a substantial addressable market. We will continue to work closely with Liberty Oilfield Services and anticipate being very deliberate in our approach," said Energy Recovery President and Chief Executive Officer Joel Gay. "A successful field trial process will require a methodical testing process and engineering excellence to optimize the design of the product prior to full commercialization. We designed the product to fill a necessary market need while providing a significant value proposition to customers in the hydraulic fracking business. We feel that this value proposition will remain attractive throughout all pricing cycles for active frac service providers by allowing substantial cost savings and addressing the very real problem of regular pump failure. We are very pleased with the development process of the VorTeq to date and look forward to continuing this momentum.”

SOURCE: Energy Recovery Inc.

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