Water Management for Unconventional Gas - WMUG

Discipline: Production and Completions Engineering / Unconventional Resources
Level: Intermediate
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About the course
For every barrel of oil produced we produce 5 barrels of water. Water handling, treatment and disposal represent the biggest operating cost for most oilfield operators. In many unconventional gas plays, frac water and produced water needs to be recycled to conserve groundwater and minimize subsurface injection. The economic success of oil and gas development projects depends very much on our ability to successfully manage water. This course discusses methods, equipment and tools used for testing, diagnosing, and minimizing water production from unconventional oil and gas wells. Reservoir engineering and surface facility aspects of water handling, treatment, re-injection and injection well fracturing are extensively discussed. New technologies which allow beneficial re-use of produced water/frac water are presented. The impact of the growth of thermal fractures and fractures driven by particle plugging on injector performance are discussed. Significant cost savings can be achieved in all aspects of water production, handling and disposal through better diagnostic tools, better water handling and better treatment, reuse and re-injection strategies. The course covers the fundamental theory, and the latest technological developments. It particularly emphasizes field application through lots of practical field examples, exercises and case studies.
Designed For
Reservoir, production, completion and surface facilities engineers responsible for providing reservoir engineering support, facilities planning and drilling and fracturing recommendations for oil and gas assets, engineers and other personnel involved in providing equipment and chemicals for diagnosing / reducing water production, improving injector performance and treating produced water.
You will learn
How To:
  • Specify water quality requirements for a water injection/fracturing project
  • Simulate the impact of water quality on injector/fracturing performance
  • Make facilities decisions to ensure good long-term well injectivity/disposal
  • Conduct diagnosis of water production problems
  • Identify potential sources of water for injection/fracturing
  • Use new technologies which allow beneficial re-use of produced water/frac water
  • Dispose produced water on surface and under what conditions
  • Evaluate basic regulations governing use/re-use of fresh/produced water
  • Select possible remediation methods for water shutoff in oil reservoirs
  • Test injection wells to identify injection profiles
  • Simulate the impact of solids and thermal effects on injection well performance
Course Content
  • Causes of excess water production
  • Data collection for problem identification
  • Identifying the causes of excess water production
  • Wellbore and near-wellbore water shutoff technologies
  • Selection of water control treatment
  • Analysis and treatment of produced water
  • Recycling of frac / produced water
  • Scale, bacteria and corrosion problems
  • Water quality requirements for re-injection and surface disposal
  • Fractured injection wells
  • Economic and environmental considerations