Project Briefs:

Oil Producer Sustains Offshore Operations by Leveraging SAMCO Reverse Osmosis Technology for Potable Water Generation at Sea

Project Overview

Located far offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, a large oil platform needed an efficient means of converting seawater to potable water. SAMCO solved the client’s need with a reverse osmosis (RO) system capable of producing 26,500 gallons of drinkable water per day.


Produce potable water to meet United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) standards, including:

  • National Primary Drinking Water Regulations (NPDWRs)
  • National Secondary Drinking Water Regulations (NSDWRs)

Scope of Service

SAMCO delivered 1100 GPH RO system, providing process, mechanical, and electrical design and engineering, as well as system fabrication and controls integration.


  • Stringent US EPA standards for drinking water purity
  • High production capacity


In order to produce enough potable water to support operations aboard a large offshore oil rig, SAMCO designed and delivered an RO system capable of producing 26,500 gallons of purified water per day. Designed for durability and production of high quality drinking water, the system included tube filters for pretreatment and chemical injection systems for chlorination, remineralization, and corrosion inhibitor dosing. SAMCO also minimized operational demands with integrated programmable logic controllers (PLC) to support automated process monitoring, and an included operator interface to simplify system control.


SAMCO delivered an 1100 GPH seawater RO system, including:

  • Standard pressure vessels, instruments and valves
  • Seawater RO membranes
  • Cartridge filter
  • Remineralization and biocide chemical metering equipment
  • High pressure pumps
  • PLC controls
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