Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. (PRE), which operates Colombia’s largest oil field, awarded a $100 million contract to RWL Water Group to design and build a water- desalination plant.
The plant will produce 500,000 water barrels a day at a Pacific Rubiales oil field in central Colombia’s Meta department, according to a statement today from New York-based RWL.
The plant will treat water that’s a byproduct of petroleum extraction and is currently disposed of by injecting it into the ground. The purified water will be used to grow trees and will help the Bogota-based oil company meet environmental discharge requirements, according to the statement.
RWL is “providing an innovative, lower cost and sustainable alternative to manage water production from our Rubiales oil field, as well as establishing a new green industry that benefits the region,” Pacific Rubiales Chief Executive Officer Ronald Pantin said in the statement.
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