The Science and Technology of Water Treating
This 2-day course provides a fundamental understanding of the scientific 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, including a half-day segment on water treating for unconventional hydraulic fracturing.
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 realistic, down-to-earth manner that can be understood with little prior study, and can be immediately implemented in the field. The course is organized around the following topics:
• Characterization of oil/water/gas for water treating
• Equipment selection and performance
• Process engineering and process line-ups
• Chemical treating
• Operations, monitoring, and surveillance
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, steam flooding, and hydraulic fracturing. Desalination of source water and produced water are also covered.
Why You Should 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.
Attendees should have a basic understanding of upstream oil and gas facilities.
Engineers are responsible for enhancing their professional competence throughout their careers. Licensed, chartered, and or/ certified engineers are sometimes required by government entities to provide proof of continued professional development and training. Training credits are defined as Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Attendees of SPE training courses earn 0.8 CEUs for each day of training. We provide each attendee a certificate upon completion of the training course. 1.6 CEUs awarded for this 2-day course.
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John M. Walsh is a consultant, currently working for GHD, an engineering and consultancy company specializing in water treatment. He recently retired from Shell where he was the global subject matter expert in the area of upstream water treating. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the E&P industry, having worked in the Shell technical centres for half of his career and in operating assets for the other half. He has designed water-treating systems, and provided troubleshooting support to assets all over the world. He has experience in nearly all areas of water treating for the oil and gas industry including conventional produced water treating systems, and water treating for water flood, polymer flood, steam flood, sour hydrocarbons, and unconventional hydrocarbons.
Having earned a PhD in chemical engineering, together with extensive experience in operating units, he brings a unique combination of fundamental knowledge with first-hand practical experience. He has presented more than 40 papers on the subject of produced water treating at various conferences and workshops. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of SPE as the technical director for the Projects, Facilities, and Construction discipline.