VeruTEK recently announced a joint marketing agreement with SEMJET, a provider of a unique, proprietary range of mechanical technologies for improving oil field productivity. The combined technologies provide a unique opportunity to substantially increase oil well productivity using VeruJET, a chemical blend optimized for jetting. The agreement extends both companies into a newly created market; high-performance fluids for jetting and stimulation.
SEMJET evaluated a range of products to identify the optimal fluid to use with its new Multi Lateral Jetting technology. The evaluation identified VeruTEK’s VeruJET fluid as the best overall product given its ability to work with SEMJET technology to deliver increased performance via extended reach and reservoir access.
This joint marketing agreement enables SEMJET and their domestic and international licensees to use VeruJET fluids in their commercial operations. It also provides the opportunity for SEMJET to sell VeruTEK fluids to jetting companies who currently employ legacy radial jetting technologies. While SEMJET Multi Lateral Jetting is unique in providing increased access to a reservoir from any existing wellbore at a true 90° angle to the casing, all jetting implementations will benefit from the extended stimulation reach and clean flow pathways provided by VeruJET fluids.
SEMJET’s field experience with VeruJET fluids indicates that all jetting implementations can experience increased productivity from the use of VeruJET chemistries optimized for jetting. To date, more than 1,000 jetting operations have been performed globally by specialized jetting companies including SEMJET.
“The basis for these synergies is VeruJET fluids prevent sidewall damage typically seen when using water only or acids as the jetting fluid,” stated Jeff Ayers, VeruTEK VP for Solutions Development.
Dale Joseph, Senior Vice President, SEMJET International, said, “After seeing the dramatic performance improvements VeruJET fluids brought to our own jetting implementations, we realized that working together, SEMJET and VeruTEK created a compelling value proposition for the marketplace. While we would like producers to consider SEMJET Multi Lateral Jetting services, we realize many have existing jetting relationships. We are pleased to work with other jetting firms to increase the productivity of oil fields through use of SEMJET’s tools and process, of which VeruJET fluids play an important role."
We are very excited to expand the scope of our EOR business by launching our new line of VeruJET fluids. These specialty chemicals target a full range of legacy jetting technologies currently in use in the broader jetting market. SEMJET is an excellent partner and we are very pleased to team with them to serve this fast growing new market.
Meredith Lanoue, a Project Engineer for VeruTEK Technologies sent us this update from Down-Under where she was a delegate and presenter at Ecoforum 2012, in Sydney Australia. Meredith designs, analyzes and reports on applications of VeruTEK’s patented, forefront technology, Surfactant-enhanced In Situ Chemical Oxidation (S-ISCO), and has led VeruTEK’s planning and design for its application in an upcoming remediation project in Sydney. She joined hundreds of industry experts for three days filled with outstanding keynote speakers, discussion forums with industry leaders, technology updates and even a few tours of sustainable projects going on in Sydney.
"Ecoforum is a great opportunity for us to share the amazing and exciting things that VeruTEK has been up to! VeruTEK has had a strong presence at Ecoforum over the past several years and the company’s name and reputation definitely preceded me. In the poster session, we showcased our Green-synthesized Nanoscale Iron Activator (GnA)—including it’s Green Chemistry synthesis process and its remarkable efficiency for oxidant activation. Our second poster presented our Surfactant Enhanced Product Recovery (SEPR™) technology and its recent success in remediating creosote DNAPL at an EPA Superfund Site. During the Gasworks Remediation session, I presented the New York City brownfield project on which VeruTEK’s S-ISCO chemistry and process was the key technology used to achieve a Certificate of Completion. This case study is hot off the presses! Source destruction, technology fusion – Pressure Pulse and RemMetrik (a patent-pending contamination identification and targeting process), community safety, cost effectiveness, a reduced environmental footprint and a nod from the New York State DEP—what more can you ask for? It was such a privilege to present on behalf of our treatment team—VeruTEK and Fleming Lee-Shue.
Finally, VeruTEK sponsored the ISCO Case Studies session and I not only got to play hostess to the international line-up of experts sharing their experiences and research, but also had another opportunity to talk even more about S-ISCO and our recent successes treating coal tar and chlorinated DNAPL."
Day 2 and 3
Day 2- So apparently Sydney is in the midst of a flood. The rain was deluging as we made our way to Technology Park-- the conference venue which is a repurposed locomotive depot-- so cool. A perfect day to be inside at the conference.
Without the pressure of preparing, presenting and hosting, I enjoyed being a delegate-- attending presentations, checking out the vendors' booths in the exhibition hall, helping out at our Australian partner, ERR's, booth and networking with current and potential business. I particularly enjoyed the series of presentations on LNAPL, as well as the those focusing on waste management and sustainable development. It was very exciting to connect with current and potential partners who will support our work in Australia, including suppliers of monitoring services and equipment, and chemistry. The day concluded with a delightful "Ecoforum Dinner", complete with entertainment from opera-singing waiters.
With the bright autumn sun beaming, I headed about an hour out of Sydney Center to visit Sydney Water Corporation's innovative & state-of-the-art waste-water treatment and cogeneration power plant. On a side note: about Sydney traffic-- it is terrible! While there don't even seem to be that many cars on the road, there must be stop lights every 50 feet- which is miserable for both pedestrians and cars. No matter what time of day, you just don't move! Which is so frustrating to me but no one here seems to be in much of a hurry....I digress....
We had a wonderful introduction to the plant, its history, the magnitude of its catchment area, and then began a tour: we descended 60 m underground to the network of tunnels where the wastewater travels, and saw a one-of-a-kind hydraulically powered turbine. We emerged to tour the sludge settling beds, and the sludge digestors which produce methane that is harvested to power operations at the plant.
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BLOOMFIELD, CT. February 21, 2012. VeruTEK Technologies, Inc. (VTKT), a provider of patented Green Chemistry technologies for environmental remediation and enhanced oil recovery, announced today a Certificate of Completion (COC) has been issued by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) for the successful cleanup of a New York City brownfield.
The site, located along the East River in Hunters Point, Queens, NY will be redeveloped for a new branch of the Queens Public Library and a New York State Parks ranger station. VeruTEK successfully implemented its patented Surfactant-enhanced In Situ Chemical Oxidation (S-ISCO) technology at this former industrial site to remediate contamination from coal tar repurposed from Manufactured Gas Plants (MGPs) for use in the production of roofing products.
This S-ISCO remediation marks the first time a Green Chemistry solution of this kind has been used to remediate MGP-related contamination in New York City and sets a precedent for the use of innovative technologies to achieve a COC within the state’s Brownfield Cleanup Program.
S-ISCO provided a low-impact solution that benefits the health and safety of the community and environment. Specifically VeruTEK’s innovative treatment:
Destroyed contamination in place, avoiding digging and hauling thousands of truck-loads of contaminated soil through the community while preserving the stability of the subsurface and high-rise buildings on adjacent parcels;
Prevented surrounding businesses and residents from being exposed to dust and emissions related to large scale excavation, and also reduced soil gas contamination;
Took place during a short time frame (five months), without disturbing the community; and
Provided a permanent solution to site contamination, preparing the site for safe and productive reuse.
Arana Hankin, President of Queens West Development Corporation (QWDC), the New York State public authority responsible for the development of the Queens West project, said, “Issuance of a Certificate of Completion for this brownfield site is an exciting milestone in the redevelopment of Queens waterfront property. We look forward to beginning the next phase of redevelopment, construction by the City of New York of a state-of-the art public library on the site, which was cleaned up with virtually no disruption to the community.”
At this urban site, VeruTEK conducted S-ISCO injections to treat more than 50,000 pounds of coal tar contamination in the soil by destroying in-situ (in place underground) over 90% of the combined polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and BTEX compounds, including 95% of the naphthalene. VeruTEK’s novel S-ISCO technology combines patented plant-based surfactant and co-solvent mixtures (VeruSOL) with free-radical oxidant systems to safely release (desorb) and destroy recalcitrant contaminants from the soil. VeruTEK’s S-ISCO technology destroyed the primary source of contamination, yielding a permanent solution for the site.
VeruTEK’s S-ISCO technology was selected by Fleming Lee Shue, a New York City based environmental management and consulting company which was commissioned to design and manage the cleanup effort by QWDC and a leading national developer and manager of high quality apartment communities. The S-ISCO treatment was augmented by Wavefront Technology Solutions US Inc’s (Wavefront) Primawave pressure-pulsing technology, as well as the RemMetrikSM process to quantify subsurface contamination, optimize its treatment and measure effectiveness.
Arnold Fleming, President of Fleming Lee Shue, added, “Our firm identifies and commissions innovative technologies which deliver cost effective and thorough environmental cleanup. We were very impressed with the results of VeruTEK’s S-ISCO technology implementation. Compared to full-scale excavations conducted on similar nearby sites, VeruTEK’s remedy not only reduced the project cost by over $5 million dollars but also avoided the release of dust and odor, prevented disruption to the community, and reduced the carbon footprint of the clean-up. The project was done cost effectively, completed on-time, under-budget and resulted in a Certificate of Completion.”
Dan Socci, VeruTEK’s CEO, praised the work of the combined Fleming Lee Shue and VeruTEK team that designed and implemented the S-ISCO remedy, as well as the results achieved, stating, “We are proud of the outcome of this project and had a very positive experience collaborating with Fleming Lee Shue. We look forward to repeating this project’s success and bringing a safe, effective and environmentally preferable solution to other brownfield sites, enabling their return to productive use.”
VeruTEK has successfully implemented S-ISCO at locations worldwide to treat former MGP sites, chlorinated solvents contamination—including industrial cleaning and dry cleaning chemicals, home heating oil spills, and gasoline station tank leaks. The successful destruction of MGP-related coal tar at the Hunters Point brownfield site in Queens, adjacent to the East River and in a densely developed urban setting, demonstrates the ability of S-ISCO to achieve contaminant source destruction in-situ quickly and safely for the benefit of the community and the environment.