A recent fact-finding trip to Brazil generated significant interest in the development of a Produced Water Club (PWC) in the country. Plans are now being drawn up to launch the new initiative, which will be modelled on the successful PWC that is run in the UK.
“The immediate purpose of my trip was to identify issues and problems relating to produced water management in the country and to see how NEL could help,” says Principal Consultant, Dr. Ming Yang. “I discussed the idea of forming the PWC Branch with many leading operators and agencies and there was universal support. We are therefore moving ahead and hope to have the Club up and running soon.”
The new Club will provide a place where members can discuss issues, share experiences and keep abreast of legislative and technological developments related to produced water management. It will play a role in building bridges between operators, regulators, technology providers and other stakeholders.
“This approach has been successful elsewhere,” says Ming. “We are confident we can use it as a vehicle to increase technical understanding to support the oil and gas industry in Brazil.”
“Produced water is a key issue for all the operators I met on my trip,” Ming adds. “In the country’s predominantly heavy oil fields it is difficult to separate produced water and then to clean it before being discharged or re-injected, so they face significant technical challenges in this area.”
Among the other issues that Ming discussed in Brazil were oil sheens. He also found that a recent change in oil-in-produced-water measurement methods has caused headaches for operators in Brazil.
According to Ming, the PWC will be the launch-pad for more knowledge transfer work in Brazil. “An Oil in Produced Water (OiPW) measurement training course has already been scheduled for October 2018 in Rio de Janeiro, which will be supported and hosted by SENAI”,
During his visit, Ming met with both government bodies and oil and gas operators. These included Petrobas, ANP, Ibama, Shell, Chevron, Queiroz Galvao E&P, and Equinor (previously Statoil). Ming also met with representatives from SENAI and Pensalab. The trip was part of a bigger programme of initiatives supported by Scottish Enterprise.
NEL's Produced Water Club is a leading forum for discussing oil and gas water production management and measurement issues. Members benefit from activities including meetings, technical and legislative information from the Club web pages and regular updates from the Club manager.
For more information, contact Dr. Ming Yang.