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  • Lower costs.
  • Significant reduction of process water consumption.
  • Reducing the amount of wastewater.


Hydraulic fracturing is a technique in which rock is fractured by a pressurized liquid made of water, sand, and chemicals. The process requires massive amounts of water and chemicals. For instance, a single well use around 24500 m³ of water and 1250 m³ of chemicals. In addition, about 70% of the fracturing wastewater (FWW) is returning to the surface for harmless disposal. The traditional method for the processes of FWW is a combination of physical, chemical, and biological treatment. Physical treatment methods have the disadvantage of high initial investment and sensitivity to influent flow. Also, the problem with chemical treatment is the high operating costs and disposal of waste sludge. Finally, biochemical treatment is sensitive to influent organic matter and salt concentration.  Ozone for Hydraulic Fracturing offers a great solution to these problems.

FWW is a mixture of fracturing fluid additives, geological inorganic and organic substances, and conversion products. FWW is a liquid with high organic matter content. No single treatment process can meet the requirements for stable effluent quality. For this reason, the Industry needs to use a combination of physical, chemical, and biological treatments. In addition, Air quality also can be degraded during fracking as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) like benzene can be released into the air.


Ozone can easily replace biocides and descaling agents typically used in fracking water. With the assistance of Absolute Ozone®, the system will recycle water. Consequently, reducing the amount of wastewater and process water consumption. In addition, Ozone for Hydraulic Fracturing treatment will allow most of the water used in fracking to stay down in the well, significantly reducing freshwater consumption.

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