OriginOil Accelerates Commercialization of CLEAN-FRAC System with First Commercial Unit Planned for 3rd Quarter

  OriginOil Accelerates Commercialization of CLEAN-FRAC System with First
  Commercial Unit Planned for 3rd Quarter

As OriginOil completes successful demonstration tour at Eagle Ford Formation
in Texas, licensee plans to deliver first commercial unit by Q3 2013

Business Wire

LOS ANGELES -- April 02, 2013

OriginOil, Inc. (OTCBB: OOIL), the developer of a breakthrough energy
production process for the oil and algae industries, recently introduced its
CLEAN-FRAC™ system to the Texas oil and gas industry and its publications,
while its first licensee plans to deliver a first commercial unit in the 3^rd
Quarter of this year.

Following the completion of field trials in the Lost Hills oil production area
of Bakersfield, California, OriginOil launched two weeks of demonstrations for
operators and service companies in the Eagle Ford shale region near San
Antonio, and for industry analysts and reporters in Houston, Texas.

Guest operators and service companies remarked on the clarity of the effluent
water and the amount of “sludge” separated from the water. Highlights are
available in this video: https://vimeo.com/63063082.

The company is now helping its first OEM licensing partner, PACE subsidiary
PearlH20, deploy a one barrel per minute integrated frack water cleanup system
that uses its CLEAN-FRAC process as the first stage. The deployment of the
mobile container-based system is initially slated for the 3^rd Quarter in the
Bakersfield area.

Dr. Gerald Bailey, former President of Exxon for the Arabian Gulf and
OriginOil’s Oil and Gas Industry Advisor, was present for the technology
demonstrations and commented, “The response by the operators was
overwhelmingly positive. The discussion was all about how CLEAN-FRAC enables
the recycling of frac flowback or produced water, resulting in significant
cost savings and environmental benefits. With OriginOil’s technology,
operators will be able to significantly reduce the amount of fresh water
purchased for the fracing process.”

Basing its San Antonio area presentations in nearby Pleasanton, OriginOil used
frac flowback water with a high amount of solids kept in solution by
anti-coagulants, and a small trace of oil. CLEAN-FRAC coagulated the solids
despite the presence of the anticoagulants, reducing organics by as much as 99
percent and suspended solids as much as 98 percent, as measured in the on-site
mobile lab.

“CLEAN-FRAC represents a new generation of water treatment that is
chemical-free, low energy and beneficial to the environment,” said Riggs
Eckelberry, OriginOil CEO. “It not only generates significant cost savings
through less trucking and water purchases, but could help recapture
significantly more oil products, while helping to preserve our scarce water

Bill Charneski, General Manager of OriginOil’s Oil and Gas Division, stated,
“Electrocoagulation is believed to be the best technology for the first stage
of frac flowback and produced water treatment. OriginOil’s CLEAN-FRAC process
not only removes the organics and suspended solids, but also can eliminate
bacterial contamination, at a lower cost than competitors.”

In March, OriginOil estimated that the planned offering from PearlH2O that
integrates CLEAN-FRAC could cost substantially less than industry giant
Halliburton’s published costs for cleaning flowback water for reuse in wells.

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About OriginOil, Inc.

OriginOil has developed an energy production process for harvesting algae and
cleaning up oil & gas water. Operating at the first stage of extraction, this
high-speed and chemical-free process can be embedded in other systems to
improve performance. Originally invented to solve the biggest problem in algae
production, it is now finding demand in oil and gas fracking and production
water cleanup, an immediate and fast-growing market that desperately needs
clean technology solutions. To learn more about OriginOil®, please visit our
website atwww.originoil.com.

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OriginOil accelerates commercialization of CLEAN-FRAC system with first
commercial unit planned for 3rd quarter; as OriginOil completes successful
demonstration tour at Eagle Ford Formation in Texas, licensee plans to deliver
first commercial unit by Q3 2013

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