Forward osmosis can be utilised in many different commercially unexploited areas; including enhanced oil recovery.
All of these exploit Modern Water’s patent portfolio and proprietary knowhow, built upon more than six years operation in the field using forward osmosis for both desalination and evaporative cooling make-up water.
Enhanced Oil Recovery
The process exploits the difference in osmotic pressures between the source solution (normally seawater) and the produced water.
Pure water flows (without hydraulic pressure) from the seawater to the produced water via a semi-permeable membrane, increasing its flow and diluting it prior to re-injection. In this way, not only is suitable injection water produced but it is compatible with the formation. This is a unique approach which offers simplicity and a reduction in energy consumption compared to competing processes.