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Nuverra Awarded North Dakota Research Grant to Study Use of Recycled Drill Cuttings in Road Applications

Article-Nuverra Awarded North Dakota Research Grant to Study Use of Recycled Drill Cuttings in Road Applications

Nuverra Environmental Solutions, a Scottsdale, Arizona-based providers of environmental solutions to the energy market, announced it has been awarded a $744,000 scientific research grant by the North Dakota Industrial Commission Oil and Gas Research Council to demonstrate the beneficial use of recycled oil well drill cuttings through Nuverra's Terrafficient process.

"We believe the conversion of drilling waste to valuable products that can be entirely reused will have a significant impact toward reducing the environmental footprint of oil and gas development, reduce material and transportation costs, and support environmental sustainability," says Mark Johnsrud, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer.

"As the industry generates higher volumes of drill cuttings with multiwell pads and higher well densities, we identified the need for an alternative that will reduce the volume of waste and provide beneficial reuse options for the treated cuttings," Johnsrud explains. "The Terrafficient process makes it possible to turn drilling waste into reusable products, and we intend to prove that out through three demonstration projects funded, in part, by this grant.

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