Pilot testing results and economics from a novel electrochemical desalination technology for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) produced water are presented. The pilot objectives were: (1) economically desalt produced water to improve hydrocarbon recovery and lower polymer consumption costs for chemical flood EOR; (2) inform full scale plant development with a field pilot; and (3) optimize pre-filtration, chemical consumption, and energy use to realize a greater than 20% return on investment through reduced polymer consumption.

The paper will present EOR operators with a novel option to reuse produced water as low salinity injection water and recycle polymer to reduce chemical EOR flood operating costs.

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