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Water Treatment for Unconventional Production

4 – 6 March 2013

Fort Worth, Texas | The Worthington Renaissance

About this Workshop


Use, reuse, recycle, and disposal of water in unconventional oil and gas production is a major concern of the industry. The water balance of an unconventional play is often critically dependent on the sourcing of water early in the play, on the treatment and reuse or recycling of produced water during the development of the play, and on the eventual disposal of the excess produced water throughout the development of the field. This technical workshop is intended to bring together technologists, engineers, and scientists from producers, suppliers, and service companies to highlight issues and identify technical solutions. To encourage audience participation and discussion, four panel discussions are integrated into the program.

This workshop is part of the groundbreaking new Global Integrated Workshop Series that takes a regional look at a topic of global interest. Each workshop in the series is held in a different geographic region, and the discussions and findings from each workshop will be compiled into extended scribe reports. The reports will be gathered and shared among all participants in an online community to provide continuity between the individual workshops and establish a growing body of global knowledge on the topic. All workshop series participants are invited to join the online community to view and comment on the reports.

Workshop Guidelines

Workshops maximize the exchange of ideas among attendees and presenters through brief technical presentations followed by extended Q&A periods. Focused topics attract an informed audience eager to discuss issues critical to advancing both technology and best practices.

Many of the presentations are in the form of case studies, highlighting engineering achievements and lessons learned. In order to stimulate frank discussion, no proceedings are published and members of the press are not invited to attend.


Proceedings from the workshop will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not requested of speakers or panel members. A URL containing released copies of the workshop presentations will be available to attendees following the workshop.


In remaining consistent with workshop objectives and SPE guidelines, commercialism in presentations will not be permitted.  Company logos should be used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter(s).

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Attendees will receive 2.0 CEUs.

One CEU equals 10 contact hours of participation. CEUs will be awarded through SPE Professional Development for participation and completion of SPE workshop. A permanent record of a participant’s involvement and awarding of CEUs will be maintained by SPE.