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Oilfield Water Treatment Programme

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About the course

Waters produced during the extraction of oil and natural gas reserves must be properly managed in order to mitigate any environmental impacts and impacts to existing water supplies. The chemistry and composition of produced waters is highly variable and in many cases quite complex. Produced waters are generally characterized as brackish water solutions containing high concentrations of dissolved minerals and salts. The most significant concern for developing effective management strategies for these waters is removing or reducing the total dissolved solids concentration prior to re-use or disposal. The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to, and basic understanding of, produced water chemistry and its associated testing, analysis and treatment.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the delegates will be able to:

  • To apply appropriate testing, analysis and treatment technologies
  • Developing and understanding on quality system documentation for the laboratory. It would to examine oilfield water composition of all geological ages;
  • To recognize a range of processes for the collection, analysis and interpretation of oilfield brines and deep basin waters;
  • To review and interpret chemical classifications of oilfield waters; and
  • To identify appropriate treatment technologies for the economic re-use or disposal of production waters.

Course Outline

Day 1

Oilfield Water

  • Module 1 – Subsurface Waters
  • Module 2 – Composition of Produced Waters
  • Module 3 – Chemical Classifications

Day 2

Cont. of Oilfield Water

  • Module 4 – Interpretation of Classifications

Testing & Analysis

  • Module 5 – Sample Collection
  • Module 6 – Sample Analysis

### Day 3

Cont. of Testing & Analysis

  • Module 7 – Interpretation of Results
  • Module 8 – Case Study 1: Geological Age and Oilfield Water

### Day 4


  • Module 9 – Salinity Management
  • Module 10 – Conventional Systems

### Day 5

  • Module 11 – Advanced Separation
  • Module 12 – Membrane Processes
  • Module 13 – Case Study 2: Deep Basin Brines

Course Methodology

A variety of methodologies will be used during the course that includes:

  • (30%) Based on Case Studies
  • (30%) Techniques
  • (30%) Role Play
  • (10%) Concepts
  • Pre-test and Post-test
  • Variety of Learning Methods
  • Lectures
  • Case Studies and Self Questionaires
  • Group Work
  • Discussion
  • Presentation

Who should attend

The nature of the course is such that science, engineering and technology professionals from a wide range of backgrounds can be accommodated.

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