Water recycler to open Houston office

HOUSTON–Water recycler OriginOil, which signed its first deal last year to bring its technology into the oil field, plans to open a Houston office to help spread its technology, the company said.

OriginOil named a former Dow Chemical manager to head the planned office, which will be located in Houston’s energy corridor, the company said.

The Los Angeles-based company uses electrodes placed in tanks to create reactions that separate sludge from water, allowing oil field firms to recycle flowback water from oil and gas wells, the company says. Oil and gas companies use millions of gallons of water in the process of drilling and hydraulically fracturing wells in shale plays.

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“Companies focused on penetrating the oil and gas industry must have a Houston base,” Riggs Eckelberry, CEO of OriginOil, said in a statement.

Bill Charneski, who previously worked as a sales manager for Dow Chemical, will head the Houston office as the company’s general manager.