In an effort to save as much water as possible in the production of oil, the Bahrain Petroleum Co. (Bapco) is using GE's mobile water technology to convert seawater into usable, highly pure source water at its Awali refinery. Bahrain is one of the most water-stressed countries in the world.
Bapco refines more than 260,000 barrels per day of crude oil, which is exported throughout the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia and Africa. Mobile water solutions from GE enable Bapco to convert seawater into high purity boiler feedwater for refinery use. This ensures a continual water supply instead of relying on tank truck deliveries.
GE Water & Process Technologies provided Bapco a turnkey solution with a total of 13 mobile water units, including six mobile seawater multimedia filter containers, five mobile seawater reverse osmosis containers and two mobile brackish water reverse osmosis containers. GE also supplied four diesel-operated electrical generators and all mobile pumping skids, tanks and interconnecting piping and cabling. The mobile water fleet, which produces 136 m3/h of water, started operation in May 2017.