Tackling Unconventional Shale Plays

Yannick Harvey, TETRA Technologies, USA, examines best practices for oilfield water management.

In recent years, water management in support of unconventional resource plays has become more than just a matter of environmental responsibility. With the price of oil still recovering from the lows of recent years, increasingly expensive fresh water resources and the economies to be gained through produced water recycling have become common boardroom topics. Another hot topic concerns an emerging awareness of the power of automation in the field of water management. This article explores some of the ways unconventional shale play water management practices and capabilities can be improved.

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