The amount of produced water is increasing, as more and more oil fields evolve. As such, management of this water is an ever growing concern for the industry.
On the Norwegian Continental Shelf, the many oil fields are older or late in life, and authorities demands that the industry keep developing even more environmentally friendly solutions and technology.
And this is not an isolated problem, as operators and regulators worldwide strive to find the Best Available Technology (BAT) in regards to economic and environmental concerns. Not only is there an issue of staying up-to-date, the industry also needs to be prepared for the future.
With this in mind, Tekna - The Norwegian Society of Chartered Technical and Scientific Professionals, will host Produced Water Management 2018, a conference that covers the ever-growing environmental challenges the industry is faced with. Combined with updates on the latest technological and legislative developments, and current practices and trends, this is a can’t-miss-event for everyone working with produced water issues.
The conference will take place on January 24-25, at the Clarion Stavanger Hotel.
BAT right of the bat
The very first session of the event is dedicated to the implementation of governmental demands to find the Best Available Technology (BAT) for environmentally sustainable management of produced water from oil and gas production.
Senior Engineer Ingeborg Rønning of the Norwegian Environmental Authority will present a regulatory status on Norwegian operators' BAT evaluations. She will be followed by Svein Bratteteig, Principal Engineer for Environment and Sustainability, and Principal Researcher Anne Finborud, both from Statoil. They share the company’s experiences with implementing BAT for offshore produced water.
Environmental Advisor for Aker BP, Øyvind Hille concludes the BAT session with a presentation of Alvheim and Valhall, two oil fields on the Norwegian continental shelf.
“Whether you are struggling with costs conforming to OSPAR reductions, getting to grips with the permitting regime, or deciding what is the Best Available Technology for your assets, this will be an event where you will meet companies dealing with the same challenges as you”, says Lise Olaussen, Tekna Advisor for Oil and Gas. “By attending you will be better equipped to meet the challenges, now and in the future”, Olaussen continues.
From enhanced oil recovery to greener chemicals
The conference is the premier event in PWM because of its wide selection of themes and contributors, and the 14th instalment is no exception.
Sessions on greener chemicals, management of solids, enhanced oil recovery and innovative technological solutions, will be based on abstracts from operators, contractor’s research institutions and technology providers.
“Thanks to all the contributing players from the industry sharing vital knowledge and experiences, this conference has become an important forum for developing solutions to a more environmentally friendly and sustainable industry”, says Olaussen.
A social network
As with previous years, the two-day conference is an excellent opportunity to mingle with more than a hundred key players and other delegates working with produced water issues - even the speakers themselves, who tend to stay the whole conference.
In addition to Statoil and Aker BP, the speakers are comprised of experienced representatives from companies such as Shell, ConocoPhillips and Total, Schlumberger, Aquateam, Siemens, FourPhase, Stauper, Pipetech, Typhonix, and Lenzinger who’s working on assets in the North Sea Basin.
“The conference is well known for its informal format, and for excellent networking through several breaks, social events and exhibition of technology providers”, says Tekna’s Olaussen.
The Clarion Stavanger Hotel will play host to an informal get-together on January 23, as well as providing delegates with accommodation. The following evening, a three course conference dinner will take place at the Restaurant Hall Toll.
There is no doubt in Lise Olaussen’s mind: “This conference is a must if you’re working with Produced Water challenges. Don’t miss it!”