Need Cost Cutting and Distancing? There’s a Technology for That
A test showing that it’s possible to automate the billing process for produced water hauling has opened the door for tracking a wide range of field activities. The industry downturn brought on by COVID-19 has motivated big companies to test practical applications sooner.
Keys to Better Water Management: Seeking Sustainability Amid the Chaos
The room for error and cost overruns just got a lot smaller with the escalating need to make operations more efficient and leaner with fewer resources and investors continuing to prioritize ESG alongside profitability.
Study Investigates Formation Damage Induced by Water Reinjection in Unconsolidated Sands
This paper describes a coreflooding program performed with sandpacks at different permeabilities, water qualities, and injection conditions.
New Adsorption Media Technology Meets Water-Treatment Challenges
ProSep’s Osorb Media Systems are providing a unique solution for treating the water coming from chemical enhanced oil recovery operations and removing the dissolved hydrocarbons.
Water Demand Spurs Permian Infrastructure Investment
Rising oil production in the Permian Basin has created an opportunity for midstream companies to acquire and expand pipeline infrastructure to handle a predicted spike in produced water.
New Salt-Tolerant Friction-Reducer System Enables 100% Reuse of Produced Water
This paper discusses the field trials of a new salt-tolerant friction-reducer system in the Marcellus Shale.
Southwestern Energy Operations Become Freshwater Neutral
The company makes good on a pledge to reduce freshwater use and replenish the fresh water it uses.
H2O Midstream-Encana Deal Highlights Water Management Role in US Shale
In a recent acquisition, H2O Midstream will own and operate Encana’s produced-water gathering system in Howard County, Texas, and will expand it to also serve third parties.
Permian, Bakken Operators Face Produced Water Challenges
As oil prices recover from the low point of the downturn, operators in the Permian and the Bakken are tackling water management issues.
Oklahoma Official: Progress Being Made, but Induced Seismicity Will Not Stop Anytime Soon
One of Oklahoma’s top government officials announced recently that it could be many more months before the full scope of the state’s regulatory response plan for induced seismicity is proven effective.
More Oil, More Water: How Produced Water Will Create Big Cost Problems for Shale Operators
If crude prices, rig counts, and tight oil production demonstrate a stronger upward trend in the months to come, US shale operators may find themselves with more produced water than they bargained for.
Fit-for-Purpose Treatment of Produced Water for Hydraulic Fracturing in the Permian Basin
Sourcing water for large multifracture stimulations in west Texas is a well-known constraint on oil and gas activities in the area. A 6-month pilot operation demonstrated that produced-water reuse is technically feasible and can be a cost-effective solution.
Solving Produced-Water Challenges With a Novel Guar-Based System
This paper summarizes the benefits of using a bipolymer crosslinking system in environments where water quality cannot be guaranteed. It also demonstrates the yielded cost savings per well that are achievable when reusing 100% produced or flowback water for hydraulic fracturing.
Produced-Water Reinjection—Case Study From Onshore Abu Dhabi
Water production normally increases as fields mature, and two main ways exist to deal with the produced water. One is to dispose of the produced water into dedicated disposal wells. The other is to reinject the produced water for pressure maintenance or sweep efficiency.
In Search of Cheap, Fast Ways To Detect Water Troubles
Treating produced water to control bacteria is like weeding a garden. It addresses the problem that is not going away.
New Field Testing Device for Water Competes With Laboratory Methods
Analyzing the properties of produced water is a difficult process because of the extreme levels of suspended and dissolved particulates contained in it, and a chemistry profile that is in constant flux.
New Nanodevice Designed To Simplify Produced Water Treatment
A new techhnology aimed at treating produced water at the wellsite to near-drinking-water quality.
Treating Produced Water With Understanding
Produced water has become the largest byproduct in the oil and gas industry. Treatment and disposal or reuse of this byproduct requires a good understanding of conditions and options to devise the optimal strategy.
Permian Basin Fracturing Systems Using Produced Water
This paper details the experience of using new stabilized crosslinked-fracturing-fluid systems in the Permian Basin using borated produced water.
First Reuse of 100% Produced Water in Hybrid Treatments With Gelling Agents
This paper reports the completion of a two-lateral well in the Williston basin where produced water (PW), filtered but otherwise untreated, was used throughout the slickwater and crosslinked components of approximately 60 hydraulic-fracturing stages.
Water Management: Lessons Learned and Considerations for a Shale Play in Argentina
This paper discusses aspects of water logistics necessary during the well-completion phase, fracture-treatment designs applied in Vaca Muerta, and laboratory studies performed on flowback and produced water to help evaluate the potential for water reuse.
As Scarcity Hits, Water Tech Flows In
As Scarcity Hits, Water Tech Flows In Over the next few years, water treatment technologies are expected to continue to be deployed in the basin, as drought drives aquifer levels to new lows.
Searching for Solutions to Induced Seismicity
A sharp rise in seismic events in some areas of the United States where oil and gas production is booming is leading regulators and the industry to examine whether the two are related.
Seeking Lower-Cost Ways to Deal with Fracturing Water
Alternative approaches and new deployment strategies are being developed to manage water used for fracturing oil and gas wells.
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