November 30, 2011 | last updated June 1, 2012 11:09 am

VeruTek's spill tech expands oil-drilling niche

VeruTek Technologies Inc., a Bloomfield firm better known for cleaning up spills and other environmental mishaps above ground, is leveraging its technology into boosting efficiency of sucking up oil from below.

VeruTek introduced Wednesday Texas offshore drilling consultant RME Environmental as a certified reseller of its enhanced oil recovery product line.

Turns out that VeruTek's three products, brought to market a year ago based on its patented cleanup technology, works just as well coaxing stubborn hydrocarbons from undersea and underground petroleum reservoirs as they do in corralling petroleum spilled on surface land and water, authorities say.

RME currently is working with offshore oil producers in the Gulf of Mexico to assess VeruTEK's products for multiple oil and gas production applications, including wellbore stimulation, augmented waterflood and slickwater fracturing. All are enhanced water and chemical techniques drillers use to extract more oil from the earth.

VeruTek CEO Dan Socci says its enhanced oil recovery products have been used to boost oil recovery in fields in Texas, Kansas, Montana, Louisiana and abroad. The company claims production improvements in fields using its products range from 30 percent to 1,000 percent.

Once drilling at a surface site is completed, VeruTek's products offer the added advantage of being used to cleanup spilled oil at the site to industry and government standards.

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