Our Process

Hydro Recovery LP is a manufacturer of Hydraulic Stimulation Fluid (HSF™). The process utilizes high total dissolved solids fluids (HTDSF) from the exploration of natural gas and turns it into a beneficial use.

How it works

Hydro Recovery takes for free on board (FOB) HTDSF otherwise known as drilling fluids, “frac water,” “flowback water,” “production water,” and other liquid waste such as top hole water, tank cleangings, frac sand, etc. from natural gas companies drilling in the Marcellus Shale Formation who purchase our product. The frac water is used as a raw material in the manufacturing of our product – Hydraulic Stimulation Fluid. 

Hydro Recovery has developed new economical technology, with NO SURFACE DISCHARGE, that will process the HTDSF or frac water into a product useable in the hydraulic fracturing process; thereby reducing the need for disposal of high total dissolved solids (TDS) water into the Commonwealth’s waterways and greatly reducing the number of gallons of fresh water to be withdrawn for natural gas drilling. The Hydro Recovery process removes suspended solids and other contaminates. The resulting HSF™ saves chemical additives in the fracking process, provides maximum protection of the gas reservoir and prevents scaling. When compared to blending and recycling flowback, HSF™ protects the gas reservoir by:

  • Hardness reduced
  • Iron and other metals
  • Reduces hydro fracturing chemical use
  • Optimized pH for friction reduction
  • Total Suspended Solids (TSS) reduced

HSF™ is "not considered a waste" by the PA Department of Environmental Protection once it arrives at a well site and is beneficially used by pumping it down the well hole. It will be considered a product for PA regulatory purposes. At full plant capacity, one of Hydro's facilities could save 105 million gallons of precious fresh water from withdrawal annually and can save 142 million pounds of TDS discharge into our streams. 100% of all water coming into the plant either as frac water or to process the HSF™ will be sold as a product to natural gas companies. The resulting solid waste filter cake will be taken to a permitted landfill. The following chart is an example of chemical composition of the resulting HSF™ product; however, since our product is customizable we may be able to adjust the design quality to meet your specific design parameter needs:

 


Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) Water - product

Another product that Hydro Recovery has also developed is manufactured by taking raw Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) Water and treating it to meet the quality needs of natural gas companies who want to use it in fracturing Marcellus Shale horizontal wells; this product will be called NPW-A.  AMD water is an environmental hazard which kills fish, plants and other aquatic life in hundreds of miles of streams in Pennsylvania.  By using treated AMD water instead of freshwater, Hydro is working with natural gas companies to improve the environment by cleaning up polluted water and being a good environmental steward.  Hydro Recovery will also be able to sell raw AMD water called AMD-A.