Carla Qualtrough, minister of public services and procurement and accessibility, announced an investment of $2.1 million in Vancouver, B.C.-based Mangrove Water Technologies.
“Innovative projects like the one developed by Mangrove Water Technologies demonstrate how a strong economy and a clean environment go hand-in-hand,” said Qualtrough. “The investment announced today will not only help the oil and gas industry treat wastewater and lower greenhouse gas emissions, it will also help to maintain jobs and create new ones by reducing costs and logistical headaches for the producers.”
Funding for Mangrove Water Technologies Inc. will support its zero discharge desalination technology. This technology treats saline wastewater and converts the salts into value-added chemicals such as hydrochloric acid and sodium hydroxide that can be used on-site. According to the Government of Canada, this technology helps oil and gas producers reduce costs and water usage, resulting in cleaner air and water over the long term. It will also help to maintain three jobs and create up to ten additional jobs.
“By converting waste gas and saline water to high value chemicals, Mangrove’s modular solution will have a meaningful impact in making Canada’s oil and gas sector more sustainable for the future,” said Zoe Kolbuc, vice-president of partnerships at SDTC. “SDTC’s support for companies creating sustainable solutions is making a real difference in driving Canada’s environmental and economic prosperity.”
This project received funding and support from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), which helps Canadian entrepreneurs accelerate the development and deployment of globally competitive clean technology solutions.
“Mangrove has developed a distributed manufacturing platform that converts waste streams to chemicals on-site & on-demand and water for reuse,” said Saad Dara, co-founder and chief executive officer of Mangrove Water Technologies Ltd. “This not only simplifies logistics and reduces cost but also has significant environmental benefits around GHG reduction and water conservation.”
“This SDTC investment will help to accelerate commercialization with our customer and project partner Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. through an in-field demonstration of a fully integrated 100m3 system at their mining site in Alberta,” Dara added. “This system will also serve as the commercial building block to access other industrial applications beyond oil and gas. We are very excited by this announcement and the support from the federal government.”