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Oil Sands

Water management in all areas of the oilsands, including both mining and SAGD, affects plant economics, current and future regulatory requirements and public perception and policy. FilterBoxx has spent the last 15+ years working in all aspects of oilsands water and wastewater treatment. Specific applications and treatment include; mine process affected water, basal water and produced water from both SAGD and water make-up to polymer floods.

Treatment technologies utilized cover the complete spectrum from oil-water separation using flotation and conventional filtration to ion exchange and advanced membrane separation including ceramic membranes. Technology development is enhanced with our ability perform pilot field testing to confirm technology selection and process optimization. In combination with our understand and application of water and wastewater treatment is our ability to package and modularize these technologies for the oilsands. Technical and operational support for FilterBoxx installations are managed from our offices in Calgary and Edmonton.

We also support the oilsands with our mobile fleet of water and wastewater treatment systems that are deployable in all winter conditions. Read some of our recent project profiles here:


Treatment of refinery water and wastewater represents a unique opportunity for FilterBoxx.  Our pretreatment experience ranges from conventional clarification and media filtration to ultrafiltration on all types of well and surface waters.  For demineralization, we can apply traditional ion exchange technologies as well as the latest reverse osmosis membrane technologies to remove dissolved solids as efficiently, cost effectively and safely as possible.  Final polishing using conventional ion exchange will provide your boiler with consistent, high quality demineralized water.  We can also polish your return condensate to ensure that it reliably meets the requirements of your boiler.

Refinery wastewater treatment and recycle is a core capability of FilterBoxx.  Treatment knowledge and experience ranges from primary oil/water separation to membrane based biological processes and finally tertiary polishing treatment for TDS and metals reduction.  Source reduction and/or treatment often provides the greatest rate of return to plant operations.  FilterBoxx has the experience and capabilities to conduct a detailed process review and recommend further on-site pilot testing, as necessary to support a full-scale plant design.

Treatment and recovery of cooling tower blow down will reduce your water consumption as well as the costs of your chemical treatment program.  This is especially important in areas where the supply of water is scarce.  Talk to us about how we can help you recover some of your cooling tower blowdown and refinery wastewater to reduce inlet water consumption and costs.