Los Angeles-based OriginOil Inc. is opening a satellite office in Houston’s Energy Corridor.

The California company’s Petro division is focusing on water cleanup technology to recycle water from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and much more.

Veteran Dow Chemical manager Bill Charneski has been named general manager of the Petro unit at OriginOil (OTCBB: OOIL) and will divide his time between the Los Angeles headquarters and the new office.

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Charneski said in an email response that the plans are to have a satellite office of five people in Houston.

“Companies focused on penetrating the oil and gas industry must have a Houston base,” said Riggs Eckelberry, OriginOil CEO, in a prepared statement. “Bill Charneski has done a standout job of developing our oil and gas water cleanup business, making him the natural choice to head our new Petro business unit as its general manager, with the intention of developing a wholly-owned subsidiary with Bill as its president.”

In the announcement, Andy Komor, vice president of environmental water for PACE, OriginOil’s first oil-and-gas licensee, called the expansion an “excellent move.”

“While there’s plenty going on in California, Texas remains the industry’s power center and OriginOil will do well there,” Komor said.

PACE subsidiary PEARL H2O is currently building its first demonstration-scale petroleum water cleanup system, powered by OriginOil’s Elector Water Separation process as the first separation stage. A public launch of this system is planned for the current quarter at a working site in California’s Monterey Formation.

Sourced from Houston Business Journal