Produced water is by far the largest waste stream in the Oil and Gas Sector. Worldwide for every barrel of oil produced, on average there are roughly 4 barrels of water co-produced. How one manages this produced water will directly impact the oil production and the ultimate total oil recovery from a field.
Oil-in-produced water measurement and monitoring plays a vitally important role in both process control and reporting to the regulatory authorities. Produced water contains all sort of compositions of which some can potentially cause environmental harm if discharged. Thus, the discharge of produced water (offshore and onshore) is strictly regulated. Produced water is now a major environmental and economic issue for both operators and regulators for the oil and gas industry.
NEL have a purpose built produced water test facility for testing and evaluating the performance of oil in water measurement devices. The facility has been used in testing and evaluating the performance of online oil (and solid) in water monitors for produced water management (surface and subsea) applications.