Anolyte and catholyte solutions have been used for the stimulation and enhancement of oil and gas production and to improve the performance of drilling muds for more than 20 years.
Anolyte solutions are being used to enhance production from wells which have been impacted by down-hole growth of bacteria, and other microorganisms, by killing the bacteria and removing the restrictive biomass.
Water used for the fracturing of oil and gas wells can be treated with anolyte solutions to manage bacteria, protecting fracturing fluids and gels, and ensuring polymer and propant performance. Anolyte solutions remove scale and slime build-up from pipes, and cooling water systems can be kept free of biomass, improving heat exchange values and eliminating corrosion caused microbial induced corrosion (MIC). Produced water may be treated before being revised in stimulation fluids or water floods.
EcaFlo™ Anolyte has been approved by the EPA for use in the following oil and gas industry applications:
Recent data collected from field operations where frac water was treated with anolyte shows that the bacteria levels in the frac water were reduced below the threshold level that would adversely impact stimulation fluids and gels.
Catholyte has been shown to substantially reduce the surface tension of water and can be used to condition water used to stimulate well production.
Anolyte solutions are considered non-hazardous by the US Department of Transportation. Protective equipment and site safety measures are not required for Anolyte applications. Once Anolyte has fully degraded, it leaves no ecological damage to well sites.