Centurion delivers smarter technology to save water
The Water Hog was created as part of OPG’s drive to create value for customers by delivering smarter technology, improving efficiencies and reducing environmental impact in line with the Group’s environmental and social governance (ESG) initiatives.
Oil Patch Group (OPG), a Centurion company that offers oilfield rental and services across North America, has designed and engineered a new water recycling filtration system for its product inventory. The Water Hog was created as part of OPG’s drive to create value for customers by delivering smarter technology, improving efficiencies and reducing environmental impact in line with the Group’s environmental and social governance (ESG) initiatives.
In this short interview, President of our US Land geomarket, Derek Elzner discusses the Water Hog and OPG’s commitment to ESG.
Q. What is the Water Hog?
A. The Water Hog is mobile a two-phase water filtration system that we use as part of OPG’s US Land operations for onsite water and sewer needs. It’s a compact and low-maintenance system we created that takes up to 6,000 gallons of surface water per day and transforms it into drinkable water for use onsite via a six-phase filtration process. This water is used for a multitude of purposes – creating up to 500 pounds of ice, drinking water fill stations, showers, eye-washing stations and more. After use, the waste water is recycled by the Water Hog once again; this treated liquid waste is then transported to rig mud tanks, reserve pits or in to storage for later use in wellsite operations.
Q. How long has OPG had the Water Hog and how many are there in your inventory?
A. We have had it in our inventory for just over two years and now have 30 operational Water Hogs available to our clients.
Q. Why did OPG choose to include the Water Hog in its product inventory?
A. Ultimately, it’s a cost-effective and an environmentally responsible alternative to hauling water to-and-from site multiple times per week via tankers. The Water Hog eliminates the need for additional fluid in downhole operations and thereby reduces overall water consumption. This also means that staff movements are significantly reduced, which cuts transport costs, promotes road safety and improves operational efficiency by avoiding unpredictable logistical delays.
The lower costs, fewer maintenance requirements and lower risk to workers makes this piece of equipment very favourable. Because of this, we have seen an increasing number of clients opting to use it over other costly, unreliable, inefficient and less safe alternatives.
Q. How does the Water Hog align with Centurion and OPG’s commitment to ESG
A. As a company, we strive to find smarter technology and ways of working to keep our operations as sustainable as possible and the development of the Water Hog is testament to that.
We want to be able to offer our clients best-in-class services while also leading positive change with our environmental practices. This is precisely why the Water Hog has been ideal addition to our service offering. The Water Hog is a piece of equipment that creates tremendous value while also being more environmentally friendly, safer to operate and easy to service.
Q. What’s next for OPG?
A. As we look to the future, we hope to diversify our product offering while keeping our ESG values in mind. As an example, working with alternative energy sources such as natural gas and solar to help power our clients’ wellsite operations is something we hope to introduce.
For the Water Hog, there is the potential for it to be used across multiple industries in the future, whether that be in construction, real estate, or others, which is a big positive for us in having it a part of our service offering.
We are always looking for ways to evolve and improve as a company, and we work every day to ensure we remain industry leaders with the quality of services we provide to clients whilst finding new and smarter ways of working.
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