Unconventional Resources: Water ManagementHSE/SHALEWATERGB

Who should attend?

  • This course provides a thorough and applied knowledge of the water management of an unconventional Oil & Gas development project, including key technical requirements and regulation and public perception.
Audience :
  • Managers, engineers and operations staff involved in the management of water operational issues of unconventional development.

Level : Foundation

Course Content

  • WATER AVAILABILITY

      • Frac water availability:
      • Nearby water source vs. water transportation.
      • Regulation.
      • Water quality. Compatibility consideration.
  • PRODUCED WATER & WATER FLOWBACK

      • Water compatibility as hydraulic fracturing fluid:
      • Frac fluid compatibility.
      • Water quality by shale plays.
      • Introduction to water analysis and bacteria control.
      • Introduction to water treatment for reuse and recycling programs:
      • Oil/Water separation.
      • Solids removal.
      • Scaling and cation/anion removal.
      • Dissolved solids.
      • Select constituent removal (H2S, dissolved organics, boron…).
      • Water transport and storage.
  • PRODUCED WATER & WATER FLOWBACK TREATMENT

      • Produced water chemistry and characterization.
      • Factor affecting the water treatment.
      • Produced water processing:
      • Primary: API tanks, plate separators.
      • Secondary: flotation, coalescent filters, hydrocyclones.
      • Tertiary: membranes, biological treatments.
      • Chemicals and chemical treatments.
      • Comparison of available technics:
      • Selection criteria. Performances comparison.
      • Reference costs.
      • Produced water systems monitoring.
      • Flowback water impurities, quality requirements & necessary treatments:
      • Filtration.
      • De-oxygenation processes (vacuum tower, stripping tower, O2 scavenger).
      • Sulfate Removal Units (SRU).
      • Bacteria control. Chemical treatments (chlorination, corrosion inhibition, biological control).
      • Main equipment & pumping systems.
      • Comparison of available technics:
      • Selection criteria, performances comparison.
      • Reference costs.
      • Examples of existing installations.
  • PRODUCED WATER TREATMENT DESIGN & IMPLEMENTATION

      • Design of a produced water processing system for a given set of data and disposal specifications.
      • Main equipment sizing, identification of chemical treatments.
  • WATER SAMPLING & ANALYSIS

      • Sample collection and preparation.
      • Laboratory technics for:
      • Solids analysis. Particles size distribution. Turbidity analysis.
      • Inorganics/organics.
      • Bacteria.
      • Quality assurance and control.
  • ENVIRONMENTAL RISK & REGULATION

      • Environmental risks evaluation and management.
      • Regulation applicable to water management.
      • Environmental regulation overview.
      • Regulatory framework & types of water treatment facilities.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • identify key elements of water management of hydraulic fracturing operations,
  • select a production water processing and size associated main equipment,
  • identify the key environmental risks of these activities,
  • assess the regional hydrological cycle in the operational area,
  • adopt emerging best practices regarding water management,
  • identify key technical requirements for water treatment,
  • build a water management plan that complies with regulations.

Ways & Means

  • Numerous case studies, applications and illustrations and teamwork sessions.