Canadian oil sands produced water quality to be refined with joint research program

IDE Technologies and Clean Harbors' partnership helps mechanical vapor compression evaporators treat Canadian oil sands produced water.

Kadima, Israel and Alberta, Canada, July 22, 2013 -- A new joint research and development program has been established between IDE Technologies Ltd. and Clean Harbors to increase the reliability and availability of Mechanical Vapor Compression (MVC) evaporators for treating oil sands produced water in Alberta, Canada.

The R&D project will focus on improved operation, service and maintenance capabilities of MVC evaporators by integrating IDE's horizontal evaporator design with Clean Harbors' chemical development and cleaning procedures expertise.

"Treatment of Alberta's oil sands produced water is challenging because of the high scaling and fouling potential, as well as occasional process excursions. MVC evaporators are a critical step in the water treatment process as they provide boiler feedwater quality," said Chris Porter, Clean Harbors' Senior Vice President, Canadian Industrial Services.

IDE's modular horizontal falling film evaporation technology provides a reliable, energy-efficient and cost-effective steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) produced water treatment solution. In addition, the design of the MVC evaporator incorporates an embedded Clean-In-Place (CIP) system for on-line and off-line internal tube-bundles cleaning (both for descaling and fouling removal).

About IDE Technologies Ltd

IDE is a global leader in water technologies, specializing in the development, engineering, construction and operation of enhanced desalination facilities and industrial and produced water treatment solutions. With its advanced thermal and membrane technologies, IDE has designed, built, and currently operates some of the world’s largest desalination and water treatment plants. Today, IDE provides a cumulative capacity of over 2.4 million m3/day of high quality water for a wide range of customers including municipalities, oil and gas, mining, refineries and power stations. IDE holds a proven track record that spans 400 plants, 40 countries and 4 decades. For more information, visit www.ide-tech.com.

About Clean Harbors

Clean Harbors (NYSE: CLH) is the leading provider of environmental, energy and industrial services throughout North America. The Company serves a diverse customer base, including a majority of the Fortune 500 companies, thousands of smaller private entities and numerous federal, state, provincial and local governmental agencies. Through its Safety-Kleen subsidiary, Clean Harbors is also a premier provider of used oil recycling and re-refining, parts washers and environmental services for the small quantity generator market. Headquartered in Massachusetts, Clean Harbors has waste disposal facilities and service locations throughout the United States and Canada, as well as Mexico and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit www.cleanharbors.com.

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