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Water Management Techbook 2017

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50 | May 2017 | WATER MANAGEMENT: CASE STUDIES I n U.S.-based unconventional wells the challenges of water management are predominantly centered on flowback logistics, produced water disposal and, in some regions, sourcing water for comple- tions. The amount of water injected per fracture over the past five years has increased from 100,000 bbl up to 800,000 bbl for many operators, with more than 500,000 bbl not unusual. Oilfield water management will be more chal- lenging as the market rebounds. Although in recent years the total number of completions dropped off steeply, the amount of water used per fracturing job has risen even more. As the market rebounds, the number of completions will grow and operators will be short of both water supply and flowback disposal capacity, especially in regions where disposal capacity is constrained by new regulatory restrictions around seismicity. There will be fierce competition for avail- able water resources. Water management professionals at operating companies and service providers often rely on per- sonal contacts and word-of-mouth about county-level micro-markets to obtain best pricing and capacity for sourcing, recycling and disposing of fluids. To coordinate a project's water management needs, a typical operator spends at least four hours on the phone reaching out to four to eight suppliers to find options for each new fracturing job, and retained landmen spend far more time and money identifying and signing potential water sources. Searching for the same data through Sourcewater. com takes on average 10 minutes to 20 minutes at no cost. The free online search platform provides real-time visibility into all available water sourcing, recycling, hauling, transfer, treatment and disposal options, eliminating errors and missed opportunities and ensuring that transparent data-based economics drive management decisions without bias. Data on the available water sources, produced water, disposal and treatment options in a region enable better, more informed decisions. Access to regional water management options prevents wasted effort and ensures users do not miss out on short-term opportu- nities to obtain discounted excess capacity or recycle. Frank Nickens, COO of Clearwater Technologies, used Sourcewater in the transfer and processing of fluid between two leading operators in Tioga County, Pa. Nickens leveraged the platform to identify options that he didn't find through his personal network. "We feel like we're ingrained in the activity in our region," Nickens said. "Today I was at a skeet-shooting event with one operator, a grill-out with another and a meeting with a third. It's a lot of effort. Finding trades is like hunting for a needle in a haystack." Online water data are essential to mission-critical supply chain resilience The inability to source sufficient water or dispose of produced fluid can be catastrophic to oil and gas operations. In response to risk in the water man - Website offers real-time visibility into all available water sourcing, recycling, hauling, transfer, treatment and disposal options. Online Search Platform Optimizes Oilfield Water Management Decisions By Joshua Adler Sourcewater

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