Today, MGX Minerals Inc. provided an update on the deployment of its wastewater treatment and lithium extraction systems in Alberta, the stronghold of Canada’s oil and gas industry. Clear and brief, the company reports on the status of 2 systems.
Most importantly, "large-scale trials" and "client acceptance testing" have been completed successfully for the first system. Hence, deployment is scheduled as soon as on-site preparations for installation of this system are completed. The "client acceptance testing" is probably the single most crucial step to commercialization, because it proves that the system is working flawlessly as per the expectations of the client.
MGX and its engineering partner PurLucid Treatment Solutions Inc. are also pleased to report that 2 sea containers containing a second wastewater treatment system have arrived from the pipe and metal fabricator. This system is scheduled for installation at an oil and gas operation in Alberta to treat evaporator blowdown brine. The system, capable of processing high salinity wastewater from SAGD operations, will remove colloidal and dissolved minerals for substantial water reuse, lower cost and reduced environmental liability. These wastewaters contain lithium in the 100ppm range providing an initial commercial platform for this widely applicable technology. This represents the second system built for this purpose.
In this context, referring to recent articles may round off the big picture of what MGX is targeting with its unique technologies, ripe for commercial deployment.
According to an article from Mining.com, the North American oil and gas sector pumps an astonishing 80-100 million barrels of brine each day, making the wastewater treatment industry worth $29 billion a year alone in the Unites States and Canada.
According to an article on BNN-Bloomberg, Alberta’s tailings ponds cover about 97 square miles and hold 340 billion gallons of waste (that’s enough to fill more than half a million Olympic-size swimming pools). “Rather than waiting for that silver bullet and continuing to test things out in the lab, we think that the technologies that exist today should be implemented in full force,” said Jodi McNeill, a policy analyst at the Pembina Institute, an energy researcher in Calgary. Oil-sands companies dispute the notion they’re dragging their feet. Suncor is approaching the cleanup with urgency, investing “significant resources and capital,” spokeswoman Sneh Seetal said.
In an interview with BNN-Bloomberg, Founder and CEO of PurLucid, Preston McEachern, says that if jurisdictions such as Alberta tightened up clean-water standards, it would prompt oil and gas producers and other industrial companies to process wastewater to higher standard and recycle it rather than simply tapping fresh supplies.
PurLucid water treatment technologies, which purify wastewater and brine, have been integrated with a newly developed lithium recovery process. Combined, this cleantech process reduces the capital cost of recovery compared to traditional solar evaporation as it does not require the investment in large, multi-phase, lake sized, lined evaporation ponds, greatly reducing the physical footprint and enhancing the quality of extraction and recovery across a complex range of brines previously considered un-processable due to complexity or geographical location outside of solar evaporation appropriate zones. This includes oil and gas wastewater, natural brine, and other brine sources such as lithium-rich mine and industrial plant wastewater. The technology was recently chosen as winner of the Base and Specialty Metals Industry Leadership Award at the 2018 S&P Global Platts Global Metals Awards, held in London earlier this month (see press release dated May 18, 2018). Hosted by S&P Global Platts, a leading global energy, metals and commodities information provider, the annual awards program honored exemplary performance in fifteen categories spanning the entire steel, metals and mining complex.
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