IDE and Clean Harbors Form Research Partnership to Enhance Oil Sands Produced Water Evaporators

Joint R&D program combines reliable and safer evaporation technology with advanced cleaning procedures to improve the SAGD water treatment process.

Kadima, Israel and Alberta, Canada, July 22, 2013 – IDE Technologies Ltd. and Clean Harbors today announced a joint research and development program to increase the availability and reliability 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 unique 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 feed water quality,” said Chris Porter, Clean Harbors’ Senior Vice President, Canadian Industrial Services. “We believe we can deliver the ideal solution to the marketplace through IDE’s experience providing MVC evaporators for produced water treatment over the past two decades and our expertise in the field of industrial chemical cleaning and ultrasonic technology. Together, we look forward to providing leading-edge evaporator cleaning services to the oil production companies in Alberta’s oil sands market.”

IDE’s modular horizontal falling film evaporation technology provides a more reliable, energy-efficient, and cost-effective steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) produced water treatment solution. In addition, the unique 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).

“We are pleased to launch this R&D partnership with Clean Harbors, which will enhance the operation and maintenance procedures of the MVC evaporation technology,” said Avshalom Felber, CEO of IDE Technologies Ltd. “By promoting novelty and creating added value for customers in the water treatment market, we continue to develop more reliable, sustainable and economical solutions. We are committed to the oil sands water treatment industry, and we look forward to working closely with Clean Harbors to become a key water treatment solution provider in Alberta.”

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About IDE Technologies:
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

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

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