Applicable Solutions to Produced Water Management discussed at the 2014 Produced Water Workshop in Doha, Qatar

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30 Jun 2014 10:48 Valerie Rose

Doha, Qatar – Wastewater treatment professionals in the Middle East gathered at the 2014 Produced Water Management: 9th Praxis Global Interactive Technology Workshop, held at Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park on 2-4 June 2014 and organized by Praxis Global Research, to discuss the recent developments and strategies in Produced Water Management.

Effluent water or produced water is the largest by-product of oil production operations in terms of volume and is a major waste stream. Global average of produced water is reported to increase by over 20% in 2014, giving average water to oil ratio of 3 to 1, or 10 to 1 in some cases. Water recycling for water injection is becoming a common practice in most oil and gas companies, either for environmental purposes or for reservoir pressure maintenance. Therefore, to properly manage the produced water in the industry is very important. This interactive workshop brought together industry experts from Qatar Petroleum, Total E&P, Natural Resources Canada, and Al Khafji Joint Operations, among others, to discuss the relevant challenges faced by the oil and gas sector in the area of produced water management.

The 3-day workshop started with a half day master class run by Khalid Hashmi of Natural Resources Canada, who believes that the management of produced water is crucial in the oil and gas industry for various reasons. In his master class, topics such as advances and applications of hydrocyclone technology for treating produced water, Navier Stokes Law, and practical tips for maintaining safe and smooth operation – to name a few – have been covered. Case-studies and best practices from oil and gas were presented.

In the following two (2) days of the workshop, major concerns like characterization, treatment, recovery and potential use of produced water; water treatment optimization through multi-stage DAF technology; and recent developments in water treatments technologies have been addressed through a series of case-study presentations and breakout discussions. Several issues and challenges were identified during the highly interactive breakout sessions. The second half day master class was run by Dr. Abdullah Dhafeeri of Al Khafji Joint Operations, who discussed the implementation of chemical water shut-off technique in oil and gas. He used field examples and sound engineering principles, problem diagnosis, selection of treatment type, sizing, and placement of treatments for applications directed at various types of water production problems. Major equipment manufacturers were also present to discuss the latest technologies in online produced water monitoring and oil and water analysis technologies.

The workshop continued with experience sharing from Patrick Baldoni-Andrey from Total E&P, Walid Hatoum from Arabian Industries, Felix Joller from Sigrist Photometer AG, and Mohammed Sadek from Advanced Sensors. These esteemed speakers shared their industry experience through real life-case solutions in this interactive platform.

The eleventh edition, to be held in Tunisia on 15-17 September 2014, is expected to continue addressing timely and relevant issues in the field of Produced Water Management in the oil and gas industry. For further information, please contact Chris Chuka Orji (Project Director, Sub-Saharan and North Africa) at praxis@praxis-global.com or +971 4 884 1110.

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