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About this Symposium

The SPE Produced Water Handling and Management Symposium is designed to be the capstone event for several water-related SPE conferences and workshops that have been held in Houston and various locations around the world. This event will include prominent keynote speakers, invited papers, exhibiting companies, and networking opportunities.

The symposium will cover all important aspects of water handling and management including:

  • Deepwater/Offshore
  • Onshore—Conventional
  • Onshore—Unconventional
  • Subsurface Water—Reservoir and Wells
  • Chemistry—Fundamentals for Difficult Treatment Applications
  • Waterflooding—Conventional SWRI, PWRI
  • IOR, EOR, and Chemical-Based and Low—Salinity Water Flooding
  • Water Management and Life Cycle—Case Studies

Produced water handling and management is a key issue faced by operators in all geographic regions and at all phases of the production lifecycle. The treatment and management strategies required for early field life differ significantly from those of later life. Particularly for mature fields, produced water volumes can be far greater than oil; up to 20 times in some cases raising unique and specific challenges.

These specific challenges depend on the source of the water, production volumes, composition, the recovery process and the social and regulatory environment. On the other hand, the demand for extending the life of mature fields along with developing the unconventional shale gas has increased both the water footprint and the quality of the water that is utilized.