As the Oil and Gas Industry Moves Quickly to Meet Global Demand, Aqua-Chem, Inc. Addresses Critical Need for Pure Water for Personnel and Processing

Presents cutting-edge custom solution engineering for offshore applications at OTC2011 show in Houston


Houston, May 3, 2011 – As the international oil and gas industry moves quickly to ramp up production to meet increased global demand, pure water for personnel and processing applications is increasingly a critical component of both operating efficiency and cost efficiency for offshore installations.
“There’s never been a time in the history of the modern oil and gas industry when offshore water purification systems have played such an important role in exploration,” said David Gensterblum, President & CEO of Aqua-Chem, Inc., a complete water purification solutions provider.  “New installations are more technologically advanced to drill deeper and further from shore; at the same time, producers are looking to run older rigs longer at greater efficiency.  Both needs require large, reliable supplies of pure water to maximize return on investment.”
Aqua-Chem’s approach emphasizes technological innovation and hands-on support, anywhere in the world:

  • Our systems offer the lowest life-cycle costs for a greater return on investment.
  • Each system is backed by 30+ years of experience in design, manufacturing, and service.
  • Custom solutions engineering is available to meet international electrical codes, rig specifications, and unique operating conditions.
  • Our state of the art energy recovery systems increase operating efficiency.
  • We provide service and support even decades after installation.
  • Our custom solutions incorporate water re-use and recycling with the recent acquisition of Enviro-Solutions, LLC.

“There’s a good reason that our systems are in use on all seven continents around the world, with many units in operation for over 30 years,” Gensterblum said.  “Aqua-Chem develops and manufactures the most advanced and durable off-shore water purification systems in the world.”
Aqua-Chem is an exhibitor at the 2011 Offshore Technology Conference, the world’s foremost event for the development of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection.  Aqua-Chem is located at Booth #3134 at the show, from May 2-5 at Reliant Park in Houston.

Aqua-Chem has been a leader in water purification technologies for more than 70 years.   In the last five years alone, Aqua-Chem has launched more than two dozen new products, including increasingly large vapor compression systems, reverse-osmosis water purifiers, pretreatment and sanitary process distribution systems, waste heat plate type evaporators, vacuum vapor compression units and titanium and copper-nickel heat exchangers, and most recently water re-use and recycling.

Over the last two years, the company has also expanded its product offerings through strategic acquisitions of its Matrix and Specific Equipment divisions – supporting both marine and land-based micro-utilities applications for mission-critical clean water – and more recently in the industrial water treatment market through its latest acquisition of Enviro-Solutions, LLC.


About Aqua-Chem, Inc.
Founded in 1940, Aqua-Chem is a leading solutions provider in evaporation and reverse osmosis technologies and water pretreatment equipment, with a full array of engineering, manufacturing, installation, training and maintenance services.  The company serves the needs of customers in the following major markets: offshore oil and gas, commercial marine, pharmaceutical, beverage, military and industrial markets.  Aqua-Chem participates in the water, power and waste treatment and offshore water & fluid handling markets through its Matrix and Specific Equipment divisions and in the industrial water treatment market through Aqua-Chem Industrial Division.  Based in Knoxville, TN, Aqua-Chem sells its products in more than 100 countries around the world.   

Aqua-Chem is a portfolio company of Altus Capital Partners, Inc., an investment firm specializing in middle market manufacturing companies based in the U.S.

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