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Plenary and Panel Sessions

21 April

Executive Plenary Session

Moderators: Salman Al-Qabandi, Kuwait Oil Company; Michael Doiron, Baker Hughes

Panelists: Emad Sultan, Deputy CEO, North Kuwait, Kuwait Oil Company; Muhammad Al-Rashed, Executive Director, Kuwait Institute of Scientific Research; Vugar Mammadov, Area Manager, Halliburton

High-level speakers will address the conference theme by presenting their respective company’s full cycle of water management challenges, strategies, solutions, and lessons learnt.


22 April

Panel Session: A Vision for the Future of Water Management and An Integrated Approach to Water Management from Production to Re-Utilisation

Moderators: Marcos Roberto, Total; Mohamed Hassaan, Schlumberger; Mohamed Nada, Halliburton

Panelists: Ivan Mantilla, Chevron; Mehmet Oskay, KGOC / Wafra Joint Operations; Mohammad Al-Yagout, Kuwait University; Pierre Pedenaud, Total; Salman Al Qabandi, Kuwait Oil Company

Water production is an increasing challenge for the oil and gas industry, not only from a technical and economical point of view, but also for all environmental issues related to its management. Water is estimated today to represent about 75% of all the volumes produced by the oil industry worldwide. The actual growth trend implies a 50% increase over the next ten years for the injection and up to 100% for produced water.

The management of these large volumes of water, in which remain some ppm of oil and that may also contain chemical constituents and solid particles, has a large impact on the economics of oil and gas projects: about 25% of today's field development costs (Capex and Opex) are devoted to water treatment and re-injection (PWRI). A substantial part of these volumes is directly re-injected (about 1/3) in the fields, thus leaving large volumes to be treated for disposal, recycle or inclusive reuse as is the latest industry trend.

Produced water might be too valuable to waste. However, the only way to offset the high cost of conventional produced water treatment is to render it harmless and extract economic values including the recovery of oil, valuable salts, and usable water for multiple purposes using innovative and cost effective methods.

The objective of this session is to discuss the main technical and strategic trends being developed in the industry to address and tackle these issues, either by minimising the produced volumes of water (e.g. dewatering by chemical/mechanical shut-off or down-hole separation), or optimising the water treatment with more efficient technologies for 1) its disposal (e.g. ultra-filtration with ceramic membranes, chemical, or "green" processes) or 2) its injection (e.g. membrane processes, hollow fiber membranes/deoxygenation, etc.).


22 April

Panel Session 2: An Integrated Approach to Water Management from Production to Re-Utilisation

Moderators: Mohamed Hassaan, Schlumberger; Yousef Abdul-Rahman, Kuwait  Oil Company

Panelists: Ivan Mantilla, Chevron; Salman Al Qabandi, Kuwait Oil Company

Since oil production began, the disposal of the associated water has been a constant challenge for the oil and gas industry. The simplistic disposal of water on surface can create pollution and environmental problems. Downhole injection can be just as problematic as the volumes are large and ever increasing, especially in ageing fields. Over the last few years, the most popular option has been focused on pumping the water back to a sub-surface location that has been identified as a suitable disposal zone. The most preferred option will be to recycle the produced water as a compatible injection fluid that can be fully utilised for both pressure maintenance in depleted reservoirs as well as improving sweep efficiency.

On the other hand, produced water might be too valuable to waste.  However, the only way to offset the high cost of conventional produced water treatment is to render it harmless and extract economic values including the recovery of oil, valuable salts, and usable water for multiple purposes using innovative and cost effective methods. As such, the focus of this session is the efficient re-utilisation of produced water.