SPE Online Education
Produced Water Treatment and Reuse – A Global Perspective
Recorded On: 07/17/2019
This Webinar will compare and contrast the different types of produced water and the different ways in which produced water is handled in various regions around the globe. The objective is to demonstrate how different factors, which vary from one region to another, such as hydrocarbon development, produced water type, regulations, water scarcity, and water volumes result in dramatically different strategies for disposing and/or reusing produced water.
Differences in produced water handling from one region to another are explained in both practical terms mentioned above, and in terms of the fundamental science and engineering of water treatment. Fundamental factors such as the chemistry of the oil and water, treatment chemistries, fluid mechanics of processing systems, particle size distributions, and different types of emulsions are brought to life. Real-world examples are laid out, and explained both in practical terms and in terms of the fundamentals. The material is presented from an independent, technology neutral view point. The Webinar will wrap up with a discussion of where the industry is likely to go in the next five or ten years in terms of reducing cost and water footprint.
Principal Technologist, Worley
Dr. Walsh has worked as a water specialist for over thirty-five years. He is currently a Principal Technologist for Worley. Before Worley, he was the Global Water Treatment Subject Matter Expert for Royal Dutch Shell. He has worked on projects in fourteen countries and was involved in essentially all aspects of water treatment in upstream oil and gas. He started his career as a water treatment engineer with Westvaco Paper Company.
Until recently he was the President and Managing Director of the Produced Water Society, an international organization of upstream water treatment specialists. He remains on their Board of Directors. He has served on the Board of Directors of Society of Petroleum Engineers. He is the designated instructor for the SPE water treatment courses. He has recently authored a two-volume book which can be found on Amazon by searching “Produced Water Walsh.” He earned a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.
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