The recent Produced Water Workshop, which took place in June in Aberdeen, highlighted key discharge challenges that are facing industry and looked at the development of on-line monitoring for reporting.
“Tightening environmental regulations, particularly relating to the risk-based approach and measurement of oil contamination in produced-water discharges, are creating a raft of new implementation and compliance challenges, as well as opportunities” says Principal Consultant, Dr. Ming Yang.
“Various testing and research projects and international collaboration opportunities came out of the event,” Ming adds. "There was a lot of discussion and interest in our proposed JIP on the uses of online monitors for produced water discharge reporting.”
The two-day event included presentations delivered by key industry experts. Among the issues discussed were the different ways in which the risk-based approach to the assessment of produced water (PW) discharges is implemented around the world, the lack of guidance relating to uses of on-line oil-in-water monitoring for PW discharge reporting and uncertainties associated with oil-in-PW sampling and measurement. Equipment providers showcased their latest technology developments and shared their field experiences.
The workshop event was attended by some 60 participants, drawn from 11 countries. Among the operators that took part were Shell, Equinor (Statoil), Petrobras, Ineos, Alpha Petroleum and CNR International. Other notable organisations that participated included TechnicFMC, Siemens, Veolia, Schlumberger and NOV.
The feedback from the workshop was excellent with over 90% of delegates saying that the event was either good or very good. Participants commented that there had been a good mix of people and presentations and that the discussions had been extremely relevant.
The event, which was the 16th time the Workshop had been run, built on previous successes. The aim of the annual get-together is to keep participants up to date with the latest technological and legislative developments, as well as current practices and trends in produced water management, treatment and handling.
For more details on the Workshop, the Produced Water Club, and the on-line monitoring JIP contact Ming Yang.