Aker Solutions Buys US Water De-oiling Company

Press Release
Thursday, January 03, 2013

Aker Solutions buys California-based Separation Specialists Inc., provider of produced water de-oiling products & field services.

Aker consider that the acquisition will strengthen the international oil services company's position in the produced water de-oiling segment.

"With the acquisition of Separation Specialists, we are able to offer a complete produced water de-oiling solution from one vendor. There is also an excellent cultural fit between the two entities, which we look forward to further developing," says David Merle, head of Aker Solutions' process systems business.

Aker Solutions will immediately be able to offer Separation Specialists' products, such as nutshell filters (NSF), mechanical induced gas flotation (IGF) and field services, through its global distribution and execution network. This will enable the company to go to market with an integrated produced water de-oiling treatment offering, in addition to its existing crude oil treatment offering.

"The acquisition offers an entry point for Aker Solutions' products and services to Separation Specialists' existing client base on the US west coast, in the Gulf of Mexico, Russia and the Middle East," says Merle.

Aker Solutions offers a complete range of process systems technologies to the oil and gas industry adapted to onshore and offshore requirements. Aker Solutions' North American headquarter is located in Houston, Texas.

Separation Specialists Inc's main office is in Bakersfield, California. It provides products for all types of produced water, including for oilfield, industrial, aluminum manufacturing, paper mills, and railroad usage.

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