Associated Water has just accepted delivery of the first stage of its dual stage Continuous Ionic Filtration (CIF) Plant, known as DeSALx, at the WAMBO Cattle Company Feedlot west of Dalby, Queensland, in the heart of Coal Seam Gas (CSG) country.
Associated Water is a 50:50 Joint Venture company between Clean TeQ Holdings and Tokyo based Nippon Gas Co. to provide water desalination facilities and services in the Australian CSG industry.
WAMBO Feedlot, and associated land, sits amongst the Arrow Energy Petroleum Licences PL 230 and PL 252 and the QGC Petroleum Licence PL 230. These Petroleum Licences authorise the exploration, appraisal, development and production of CSG.
Under an existing Water Use Agreement between Arrow Energy and WAMBO Cattle Company CSG associated water will be sourced as feed water (total dissolved salts ~5,000 mg/L) for the DeSALx plant.
This feed water will be processed to agricultural grade (total dissolved salts ~1,500 mg/L) and returned to WAMBO Cattle Company for use within its operations.
The processed water is planned for applications including stock watering, crop irrigation trials and augmentation of existing water storage.
The plant successfully unloaded from its transport without incident and remains on site pending completion of civil works, reconstruction and commissioning. This plant is being provided by Clean TeQ for coupling with Associated Waters first containerised single stage CIF plant due to arrive on site late September 2012.
Peter Bates, General Manager, Associated Water said: "This plant will prove CSG, agriculture and land holders can co-exist providing real economic and community benefits to both parties.
"We are proud to be investing in this proof of concept and look forward to applying this technology to assist in managing the associated waters of the coal seam gas industry.”
The full DeSALx plant is planned to be fully commissioned and operational by the end of September 2012 processing up to 0.5 MLD of CSG associated waters for beneficial re-use applications.