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OriginOil Names Manufacturer for New Performance-Based Frack Water Cleanup Program

Clean Water Technology will manufacture CLEAN-FRAC systems for zero-capital sales program

Los Angeles, California – 15 May, 2013 – OriginOil, Inc. (OTC/BB: OOIL), the developer of a breakthrough energy production process for cleaning up oil & gas water, announced today that it has named Clean Water Technology (CWT) to manufacture commercial-scale equipment for its new performance-based water cleanup program.

Under this new program, Joint Ventures led by OriginOil will supply CLEAN-FRAC™ machines to oil and gas service companies on a pay-per-gallon basis. Each machine will be operated under a separate Joint Venture or JV. Water resource engineering firm PACE will provide design engineering support.

“Without making a capital outlay, service companies can achieve cost savings immediately by recycling, rather than trucking frack and produced water offsite,” said Bill Charneski, general manager of OriginOil’s oil and gas division. “We believe this new financing model has the potential to expand the reach of our technology’s application, overcoming key adoption barriers for small to mid-size companies.”

Dr. Gerald Bailey, OriginOil’s Oil and Gas Industry Advisor and former President of Exxon for the Arabian Gulf added, “Many operators in the oil and gas industry are very focused on reducing water costs, but lack the capital to invest. OriginOil’s plan to offer performance-based payment is a simple and elegant solution to the challenge.”

Ariel Lechter, CEO of Clean Water Technology, said, “We are looking forward to assisting OriginOil in the commercial design and manufacturing of the CLEAN-FRAC systems for these joint ventures. It represents a great growth opportunity in a new market for us and we are pleased to be working with OriginOil again.”

Bill Charneski, General Manager of OriginOil’s oil and gas division, added, “This new joint initiative will combine OriginOil’s technology, Clean Water Technology’s manufacturing capability and PACE’s engineering expertise. This integrated model allows us to offer potential licensees and customers a complete water treatment solution, without ourselves having to invest in manufacturing infrastructure, equipment inventory and manufacturing expense.”

OriginOil’s CLEAN-FRAC process is based on the company’s Electro Water Separation™ technology that efficiently removes oils, suspended solids, insoluble organics and bacteria from produced or ‘frac flowback’ water, on a continuous flow basis and without the use of chemicals.

Clean Water Technology previously shipped commercial scale systems utilizing OriginOil’s dewatering technology in 2012. As a manufacturer of its own line of water treatment equipment, Clean Water Technology is able to produce systems for OriginOil licensees that are unable to manufacture in-house.

The total value of the (North American) produced water market is set to grow from $5.0 billion in 2010 to $9.9 billion in 2025 – a compound annual growth rate of 4.7%. The produced water treatment equipment market, however, is set to grow from $693 million in 2010 to $2.9 billion in 2025 – a compound annual growth rate of 10.1%. [Source: Produced Water Market report from the publishers of Global Water Intelligence]

Interested operators, service companies and potential JV partners should contact Bill Charneski, General Manager of the Oil and Gas Division, by emailing partners@originoil.com.

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