The Science and Technology of Water Treating

Projects, Facilities and Construction Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics


This 1-day course provides a fundamental understanding of the science and practical applications of water treating. It presents the fundamental mechanisms behind various water treating equipment and processes, and gives practical experience from dozens of water treating facilities from around the globe.

Throughout the course, field experiences, practical issues, and field performance of equipment is analysed and explained in terms of surface science, chemistry and engineering principles. The scientific aspects of water treating are presented in a practical, down-to-earth manner that can be understood with little prior study, and can be immediately implemented in the field. The course is organised around the following topics:

  • Characterisation of oil/water/gas for water treating
  • Equipment selection and performance
  • Process engineering and process line-ups
  • Chemical treating
  • Operations, monitoring, and surveillance
  • Troubleshooting

As indicated by these topics, the full project life cycle is covered from concept selection to front-end engineering, detailed design, operation, and troubleshooting. Also indicated is a balanced approach toward chemical versus mechanical treating. A rigorous approach toward troubleshooting is presented with several examples.

Lessons learned and best practices are presented from essentially all major hydrocarbon production regions of the world. Applications include both onshore and offshore systems, as well as water treating for injection disposal, water flood, polymer make-up, polymer flooding, and steam flooding.

Why Attend?

Water treating is becoming increasingly important for maintaining the license to operate, as a component of DBOO project delivery, and for developing IOR/EOR projects.

Who Should Attend

The course is intended for process, facilities, and chemical engineers involved in either designing or troubleshooting water-treating systems. Both onshore and offshore facilities are presented.

Special Requirements

Attendees should have a basic understanding of upstream oil and gas facilities.


Munib Ahmad

Munib Ahmad is currently working with Petroleum Development Oman as water treatment specialist for a mega sour oil and gas project. During his 17 year career, he has worked in several different disciplines and global regions (North America, Middle East, Asia), and gained a broad understanding of almost all areas of water treating for the oil and gas industry. As a water treatment engineer, he excels at design and technical troubleshooting, defining corporate technical strategy and development of guidelines related to produced water treating/management. With 8 years experience in operations, he excels at project planning, developing procedures for plant process improvement, flow assurance and debottlenecking.

He holds BSc and MSc in chemical engineering from the University of Punjab, and MEng degree in chemical and petroleum engineering from the University of Calgary. He is registered as professional engineer with APEGA, Canada. He brings together a unique combination of fundamental principles of process engineering and reservoir engineering with hands on experience in water flood, polymer flood, steam flood, and sour hydrocarbons.