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SPE Water Handling for Oil and Gas—Innovation, Reuse, Recycling Workshop

9–10 October 2014

Bogotá, Colombia

About this Workshop


This two-day SPE workshop will address water management challenges encountered in the oil and gas industry in Colombia and the nearby regions of South America.

Earlier SPE workshops related to water management issues were offered in Houston, Texas (October 2011); Rome, Italy (March 2012); Palos Verdes, California (June 2012); Muscat, Oman (November 2012); Fort Worth, Texas (March 2013); and, Brisbane, Australia (September 2013). The goal of the SPE workshop series is to catalyze a discussion that addresses common water issues faced by operators worldwide.

Specific water challenge problems depend on the composition of the production stream and the environmental regulatory requirements associated with the recovery, reuse, and disposal of water. In addition to learning about technical challenges, commercial opportunities, and environmental regulations related to produced water resources in Colombia (Session I), participants will also learn about commonly employed secondary treatment technologies (Session II) and emerging tertiary treatment technologies (Session III). During the second day, the physicochemical principles associated with chemical additives (Session IV) and the challenges of recycling water in a fracking operation (Session V) will be addressed. In Session VI, participants will examine treatment strategies that support the use of produced water for irrigation.

Who Should Attend

The workshop is aimed at people whose principal job falls into any of the following categories:

  • Academia
  • Process Engineering
  • Production and Operations
  • Offshore Production
  • Facilities Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering

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Proceedings from the workshop will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not requested of speakers or panel members.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 1.6 CEUs.

One CEU equals 10 contact hours of participation. CEUs will be awarded through SPE Professional Development for participation and completion of SPE workshop.