RWL Water announced to Israel NewTech that the company has completed a major water treatment facility in Colombia for Pacific Rubiales. We spoke with Hezi Kugler, Chairman, Israel Operations, who told us about the project:
“Pacific Rubiales chose RWL Water to treat the produced water in the major oil reservoir Campo Rubiales, which includes 1.2 billion barrels of oil. The water treatment facility we built under EPC contract treats the water so that it reaches a level suitable for irrigation,” says Kugler. The facility treats 500,000 barrels, or 86,000 cubic meters, of water a day.
According to Kugler, RWL Water’s cutting edge technology enables Pacific Rubiales to increase their oil production by 20-25,000 barrels per day. “This is very significant in the oil & gas arena,” explains Kugler. “Rather then investing huge sums in oil exploration, companies can use our core membrane water treatment technology to get more oil out of their existing fields.”
Israel NewTech has been at the forefront of the effort to bring Israeli water companies into the oil & gas arena. Beginning in 2011, Israel NewTech partnered with The Samuel Neaman Institute to map the sectors of opportunity for Israeli water technology companies – those industries which could benefit from Israeli water technologies and become potential markets. Of the seven industries identified by the research, the oil & gas industry was at the top of the list.
“We’re pleased to see Israeli companies like RWL Water undertake major projects in sectors like oil & gas,” said Oded Distel, Head of Israel NewTech. “It proves that oil & gas, like pharma and food & beverage, holds significant potential for export for Israeli water companies, and that this potential is already being realized. We continue to promote Israeli companies to these industries, as we recently did at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Texas.”
“Oded and the team at Israel NewTech have an excellent understanding of the water market,” says Kugler. “They are forging government-to-government cooperations which are opening doors for Israeli water companies in different corners of the globe, and this is valuable in the water arena.”
The RWL Group, which was founded and is owned by Ronald S. Lauder, has grown enourmously over the past few years, according to Kugler, and places a strong focus on sustainability.