The 28th Produced Water Society Seminar will feature technical presentations, panel discussions, round tables sessions, and an entire track dedicated to the midstream and unconventional operations servicing oil and gas production in the Permian Basin and other shale plays.
Neil Nowak, PE, of SCS Engineers will present:
HDPE Lined Produced, Flow-Back Water Evaporation Ponds
The Rocky Mountain Region oil and gas industry needed to solve the challenge of disposing production water (brine water) and flow-back water in an environmentally safe, low cost, and efficient manner. Case studies of three successful and fully operational facilities are the basis for Neil’s presentation. Evaporation of the water in a series of geomembrane lined ponds after separation and removal of the hydrocarbon component is a safe and effective solution.
Each facility provides oil and gas production companies in the area with a large commercial alternative to production water and flow-back disposal versus numerous small ponds that may service only one well pad, or expensive re-injection wells, or even more expensive water recycle treatment facilities.
Regulatory agencies like the solution for centralization and protection of the state’s waters. The facilities protect surface waters in the area with their large capacity and secondary containment in case of catastrophic berm failure.