Use of Ion Exchange for Boron Removal from Produced Water
By H. Robert Goltz, PhD, Aaron Johnson, Tom McCandless, Richard Posa, Matt Burger, Rob Bellitto
Boron is an ongoing issue in the recycle of produced water and some brine waters because it causes premature gelling of frac fluids used for “gel” frac operations. Boron causes polysaccharides (guar, among others) to cross link when placing the proppant. If boron is present in source water, the fluid can gel and cause operational problems.
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