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Water Management for Unconventional Hydrocarbon Development

15 – 18 September 2013

Queensland, Australia | Hilton Surfers Paradise

About this workshop


In developing unconventional hydrocarbon resources (coal seam gas, shale oil and gas), water management can involve significant cost and effort. Flow-back water, RO reject, brine, salt, injection, irrigation, and managed aquifer recharge are important subjects to the industry. The water balance, economics, and the required technology are often critically dependent on the regulatory framework, disposal options, the fracturing fluids used, and the characteristics of the reservoir. The focus of this workshop is water treatment technology to support the overall management of water for shale and coal seam resource development in Australia.

This technical workshop will bring together engineers and scientists form operating companies, service companies, laboratories, and suppliers to address specific technical problems and opportunities associated with water treatment in unconventional production in the region.

This workshop is part of a series of globally integrated workshops that are held in regions with particular water treatment challenges. This regional approach facilitates participation by local operating companies who have particular experience to share and technical needs to discuss. Global integration occurs through participation of global specialists and through an On-Line Community. Each participant will be automatically enrolled in the OLC and can download content from other workshops in the series and can discuss that content with other OLC members.

Who Should Attend

Individuals interested in the technical aspects of water management for application in coal seam gas, and shale oil and gas fields will find value in this workshop. It will follow a proven format that facilitates open discussion and exchange of ideas among specialists in the subject. However, it will also provide a learning experience for those who are new to the subject. The most relevant disciplines include chemistry, and facilities engineering, chemical, water treatment, and environmental engineering. The workshop will also be beneficial to asset, field development, strategy and technology managers involved in developing unconventional fields.

Focus and Objectives

This workshop will provide an opportunity for operators, service companies, and international specialists to exchange experience, and understand the latest applications, equipment and operating practices in water management for unconventional field development (coal seam gas, shale oil and gas). The current and future challenges, and the current and future technology needs and resources will be discussed.

The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Flow back water
  • RO reject
  • Brine
  • Salt
  • Injection
  • Irrigation
  • Managed aquifer recharge

Workshop Guidelines


1. Proceedings will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not expected from speakers.

2. Work in progress, new ideas, and interesting projects are sought.

3. Professionally-prepared visual aids are not required; handwritten viewgraphs are entirely acceptable.

4. Note-taking by participants is encouraged. However, to ensure free and open discussions, no formal records will be kept.

Workshop Deliverables

  • The committee will prepare a full report containing the highlights of the workshop discussions. This report will be circulated to all attendees. A one-page summary will be prepared by the workshop cochairpersons, which will be posted on the SPE website, and published in the Journal of Petroleum Technology (JPT), if space permits. The copyright of the summary report will belong to SPE.
  • PowerPoint presentation materials will be posted on a specific SPE URL address after the workshop. Provision of the materials by the discussion leaders will signify their permission for SPE to do so.


In keeping with ATW objectives and the SPE mission, excessive commercialism in posters or presentations will not be permitted. Company logos must be limited to the title slide and used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter and others involved in the work.

Attendance Certificate

All attendees will receive an attendance certificate attesting to their participation at the workshop. This certificate will be provided in exchange for a completed Workshop Questionnaire.

Continuing Education Units

This workshop qualifies for SPE Continuing Education Units (CEU) at the rate of 0.1 CEU per hour of the ATW.

Attendees’ Information

General and detailed accommodation information will be forwarded to registrants with the attendee package prior to the scheduled workshop in August 2013.

Dress Code

Casual clothing is recommended. The workshop atmosphere is informal.


Delegates are advised to book their international/domestic airline tickets early from their country/city to Queensland, Australia. Further detailed transportation information will be available and included in the attendee package, which will be sent to registrants in August 2013.

International delegates travelling to Australia must be in possession of passports valid for at least six (6) months with proof of onward passage either return, or through ticket. Visa requirements depend on country of origin. Please check with your travel agent or the Australian Embassy on regulations relating to immigration/visa before your departure.