News
February 2021
News in brief

A roundup of the main developments regarding water in the oil & gas industry for January 18-February 4

People
February 2021
Community

A roundup of the news regarding the water experts that help push our industry forward for January 7-February 1.

Events
January 2021
Water in Oil calendar

A peek at upcoming events and activities in the world of produced water, as well as key ones you may have missed.

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January 2021
Chart of the month

Alberta’s oil & gas industry continues to see growth in water recycling across most upstream segments, but more effort is needed to tangibly improve overall water efficiency.

Technology
January 2021
New frontiers for digital solutions in the produced water space
People
January 2021
Community

A roundup of the news regarding the water experts that help push our industry forward for December 1-January 6.

News
January 2021
News in brief

A roundup of the main developments regarding water in the oil & gas industry for December 1-January 6.

Technology
December 2020
France’s Total developing offshore biological treatment technology

BIOMEM could give the operator a leg up on offshore produced water discharge regulations, which are expected to become more stringent in certain areas.

Technology
December 2020
GWSC research targets innovative produced water management strategies
Events
December 2020
Four things I learned from the PWS operators’ panel on ESG

Some key takeaways from the Produced Water Society’s virtual operators’ panel, held on November 18.

Regulations
December 2020
NMOCD’s Water Use Report Search goes live
People
November 2020
Community

A roundup of the news regarding the water experts that help push our industry forward for October 31-November 30.

Projects
October 2020
EGE kicks off produced water irrigation project in Wyoming

The company is turning produced water into a resource for farmers at a cost to its E&P client that is competitive with hauling and disposal via well reinjection.

Technology
October 2020
Are thermal technologies what the Permian Basin needs?
Regulations
October 2020
Major produced water spill at Husky asset in Alberta
Technology
October 2020
LightOre brings next-level filtration to North American market

In the upstream oil & gas industry, OreFilter’s diatomite earth media is suitable for treating process water, hydraulic fracturing source water and produced water containing high oil and TSS content.

Market trends
October 2020
Permian water midstream sector sees uptick in activity
Anadarko
October 2020
Chart of the month
News
October 2020
News in brief

A roundup of the main developments regarding water in the oil & gas industry for September 26-October 30.

People
October 2020
Community

A roundup of the news regarding the water experts that help push our industry forward for September 26-October 30.

South America
September 2020
Veolia subsidiary bags another SWTI contract in Latin America

With four contracts for sulfate removal systems under its belt since last year, VWS Westgarth has found Latin America’s offshore market to be lucrative.

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September 2020
GERI pilots cost-saving DCSG in Canada’s oil sands

The technology developer hopes its portable steam generator can breathe new life into projects that have reached the final stages of development.

Technology
September 2020
WiO asks: Which research areas continue to be interesting and necessary?
Permian
September 2020
Four things I learned from Sourcewater’s webinar for PWS

Some key takeaways from Sourcewater’s webinar “Finding and evaluating the best SWD sites”, held for the PWS community on September 22.

Permian
September 2020
Chart of the month
People
September 2020
PWS awards $15,000 for produced water research

Each of the scholarship winners is concentrating on research that could improve the economics of advanced treatment projects and/or help move the industry closer to beneficial reuse of produced water.

People
September 2020
Community

A roundup of the news regarding the water experts that help push our industry forward for August 29-September 25.

Technology
August 2020
FO technology gives fluvicon a leg up in O&G downcycle

fluvicon foresees growing interest in its forward osmosis-based treatment technology due to producers’ search for economical water management approaches.

Market trends
August 2020
Should landowners have a seat at the water midstream table?

Legal battles may be looming overhead with implications for water midstream companies and producers operating in Texas.

Technology
August 2020
NAWI’s first RFP directed at brine management
Market trends
August 2020
PWS launches common water quality guidelines

Adoption of a common water quality guideline could bring about much-needed operational and cost efficiencies for both operators and water midstream companies. 

Technology
August 2020
HyQ on its way to making thermal treatment economical

The company has shown that thermal technology can address operational and environmental concerns at an appealing price point

People
August 2020
Remembering the man who started it all

PWS members share their memories of Colin Tyrie and what his efforts in produced water treatment have meant to them.

Market trends
August 2020
Chart of the month

Expectations for restrained US E&P spending portend a tighter market for water services and an even more challenging environment for produced water recycling.

People
August 2020
Community

A roundup of the news regarding the water experts that help push our industry forward for August 1-28.

Technology
July 2020
CMMS researchers explore algal-based produced water treatment

The research hopes to unlock new and economical ways to both treat and use produced water.

Technology
July 2020
Tallgrass enhances portfolio with novel evaporation technology

The long-term deal is among only a handful that have been announced in the US produced water space this year.

Market trends
July 2020
Moving towards a national produced water reuse plan
Technology
July 2020
Mangrove positioning to benefit from lithium extraction

Growing interest in lithium extraction from produced water could lead to a greater oil & gas focus for the Canadian technology provider.

Permian
July 2020
Chart of the month
News
July 2020
News in brief

A roundup of the main developments regarding water in the oil & gas industry for July 1-31.

People
July 2020
Community

A roundup of the news regarding the water experts that help push our industry forward for July 1-31.

California
June 2020
California stakeholders push forward on beneficial reuse

As a study on the safety of crop irrigation with produced water wraps up, the Cawelo Water District is seeking low-cost treatment technology to enable greater beneficial reuse.

Permian
June 2020
Water’s role in the great shale shut-in

Water may have been a key factor in determining which wells have been shut in, but it could have a greater impact on operations once production comes back online.

Market trends
June 2020
Water midstream model challenged by oil price downturn  

Pressures brought on by the 2020 oil price crash have hampered water management market growth and raised questions about core tenets of the water midstream model.

Permian
June 2020
Chart of the month

Activity declines will impact Permian Basin water volumes, management approaches and business strategies differently, depending largely on unique local circumstances.

Texas
June 2020
News in brief

A roundup of the main developments regarding water in the oil & gas industry for May 30-June 30.

People
June 2020
Community

A roundup of the news regarding the water experts that help push our industry forward for May 30-June 30.

People
May 2020
Community

A roundup of the news regarding the water experts that help push our industry forward for April 28-May 29.

Regulations
May 2020
Intrepid's water rights come under review in New Mexico

Ongoing litigation brings the state’s water troubles into focus, with potential consequences for the oil & gas industry.

Market trends
May 2020
Chart of the month
Technology
May 2020
DoE solar desal program open to produced water treatment tech
Technology
May 2020
NOV takes water treatment to the seabed

NOV has delivered the world’s first full-scale subsea water treatment system, providing a cost-effective solution for expanding offshore water treatment capacity.

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May 2020
PWS webinar series: Managing produced water in a turbulent market

The Produced Water Society has launched a webinar series to maintain engagement with water experts during this downturn. The first one focused on strategies to weather market downturns.

People
May 2020
Water community shelters in place

What have oil & gas water experts been doing with offices and field sites closed, and without the regular stream of conferences and workshops?

Market trends
April 2020
WiO asks: How will the 2020 downturn shape the oil & gas water space?

Water in Oil spoke to several experts with exposure to different sub-sectors of the oil & gas water sector to understand how low oil prices will influence market trends and opportunities .

People
April 2020
Community

A roundup of the news regarding the water experts that help push our industry forward for April 11-27.

Technology
April 2020
Moleaer targets big savings with nanobubble tech

Moleaer’s new advanced nanobubble aeration and oxidation solution allows customers to maintain operational flexibility while shrinking operational expenditures .

Permian
April 2020
Shaky conclusions weigh down disposal
News
April 2020
News in brief

A roundup of the main developments regarding water in the oil & gas industry for March 28-April 10

People
April 2020
Community

A roundup of the news regarding the water experts that help push our industry forward for March 28-April 10 .

People
April 2020
Words of support from the PWS board

PWS president Lisa Henthorne and vice-president Steve Coffee extend some words of support for the organization’s members during this uniquely challenging time.

Financial affairs
March 2020
Water midstream braces for oil price crash impact
Technology
March 2020
Antelope balances water sustainability with new growth opportunities

Antelope Water Management’s new technology acquisition positions the company as a key player in water reuse and opens the door for portfolio diversification.

Financial affairs
March 2020
ESG implications for oil & gas water management

Water services providers have a role to play in reducing the environmental impact of oil & gas development.

News
March 2020
News in brief

A roundup of the main developments regarding water in the oil & gas industry for March 13-27.

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March 2020
Texas academic community to advance produced water research

Texas’ Subsurface Water and Energy Laboratory aims to fill in produced water knowledge gaps with a research focus complementary to similar state- and federal-level endeavors

News
March 2020
News in brief

A roundup of the main developments regarding water in the oil & gas industry for February 28-March 13.

Regulations
March 2020
Chart of the month
Permian
February 2020
The evolution of water management

Water management practices have changed greatly since the Produced Water Society was established, and the dynamics of the water midstream sector will continue to evolve.

California
February 2020
Potential of produced water to fill California supply gap

Changing conditions in California could provide an opening for treated produced water to meet shortfalls in traditional water supplies.

Permian
February 2020
Chart of the month
Technology
February 2020
Beneficial reuse a hot topic for R&D needs

With produced water volumes expected to surge in the coming years, focus moves towards non-traditional water management options.

Projects
February 2020
Common water quality spec for large-scale water trade

The adoption of a common water quality guideline could help drive down costs and improve efficiencies for produced water recycling.

News
January 2020
News in brief

A roundup of the main developments regarding water in the oil & gas industry for January 4-17 .

Permian
January 2020
Chart of the month
News
January 2020
News in brief

A roundup of the main developments regarding water in the oil & gas industry for December 14-January 3 .

Technology
January 2020
Swirltex steps into the Permian with membrane tech

Swirltex sees its tubular membranes as a big win for Permian producers focusing on water recycling .

Market trends
January 2020
Year in review

A recap of the most significant developments regarding water in the oil & gas industry in 2019 .

Financial affairs
January 2020
Water management changes key to Antero’s improved cashflow

Antero embarks on a cost reduction strategy in which water savings initiatives play a central role .

Technology
January 2020
Stauper Offshore’s CFU innovation recognized by Equinor

Stauper Offshore hopes its inventive work in CFU design will make the technology suitable for a wide range of applications.

Permian
December 2019
Chart of the month
News
December 2019
News in brief

A roundup of the main developments regarding water in the oil & gas industry for November 29-December 13 .

Financial affairs
December 2019
Financial perspectives on the future of the midstream sector

According to a panel of experts at a recent Produced Water Society workshop, private capital could be the key to overcoming the financial issues in this area of the water industry.

Permian
December 2019
Produced water market players keen to improve water management

Insiders at a Produced Water Society workshop held this month discussed their ideas on how water management in the industry can change for the better.

Canada
December 2019
Water midstream potential in Canada’s shale plays

Could Alberta or British Columbia develop a midstream sector like that in the Permian Basin?

News
December 2019
News in brief

A roundup of the main developments regarding water in the oil & gas industry for November 9-28

Events
December 2019
Five things I learned at PWS’ midstream financing workshop

Several government agencies are looking for answers to one of the oil & gas industry's biggest concerns: produced water.

Canada
December 2019
Four things I learned at Catapult’s Water Leadership Symposium

Some key takeaways from the Catapult’s Water Leadership Symposium in Calgary, Canada

California
October 2019
USGS study reveals impact of produced water on California groundwater

A study by the USGS shows some of the impacts of years of produced water disposal into underground injection wells in California’s Kern County

Regulations
October 2019
Produced water research consortium formed in New Mexico

A produced water research consortium has been set up in New Mexico to facilitate rulemaking for beneficial reuse projects

Texas
October 2019
Potential for improved produced water disposal

SWD operators in The Texan Permian Basin may be able to gain efficiencies by injecting produced water into underutilized disposal zones

News
October 2019
Saltwater seep signals subsurface issues in Oklahoma
News
October 2019
News in brief

A roundup of the main developments regarding water in the oil & gas industry for September 28-October 11

Permian
October 2019
Chart of the month
Suncor's water recycle rate at Firebag continues to be greater than projects belonging to its peers. The start up of the WTDC will undoubtedly help push recycling to higher levels for all operators involved.
Canada
September 2019
Water works are on in Canada’s oil sands
Market trends
September 2019
Win-win acquisitions in the water midstream sector

Recent acquisitions reflect changes in the water midstream sector to meet the challenge of growing produced water volumes

Leading up to and after Preston New Road’s largest earthquake, several seismic events exceeded the UK’s 0.5ML threshold.
Europe
September 2019
Seismic events triggered by UK fracking
Regulations
September 2019
Texas Alliance publishes produced water white paper

The paper contains 10 recommendations to ensure sustainable management practices, including water recycling and beneficial reuse.

News
September 2019
News in brief

A roundup of the main developments regarding water in the oil & gas industry for September 13 – 27

News
September 2019
News in brief

A roundup of the main developments regarding water in the oil & gas industry for August 30 – September 13

Events
August 2019
Five things I learned at PWS Permian Basin 2019

Here are some key takeaways from the Produced Water Society’s conference in Midland, Texas

Market trends
August 2019
The rise of recycling in the Permian

Interest in recycling and reuse will grow so long as costs don’t add to producers’ burdens

Market trends
August 2019
Produced water approaches vary among operators

Water treatment and management plans differ according to operators’ unique circumstances

Permian
August 2019
Better water networks in the Permian

Interconnected, large-scale water midstream infrastructure could transform the sector

Technology
August 2019
Solugen leading the way in low cost, bio-based tech

A Houston-based startup takes a novel approach to iron treatment

Market trends
August 2019
GWPC report analyzes produced water management

The council’s study looks at regulations, water management practices and research needs

Regulations
August 2019
New RRC guidance exacerbating SWD permitting delays

Disposal permits are facing greater challenges as regulators respond to concerns

Market trends
August 2019
Where is the Permian water midstream sector heading?

Several factors will impact the financial outlook for the water midstream sector

News
August 2019
News in Brief

A roundup of the main developments regarding water in the oil & gas industry for August 16-30

News
August 2019
News in Brief

A study conducted by the University of Texas, in collaboration with Stanford and Southern Methodist universities, shows that the probability of fault slipping...

Regulations
August 2019
Aethon draft discharge permit draws wide criticism

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) has received more than 450 public comments on a draft renewal permit. If passed, the permit would allow...

Regulations
August 2019
New legislation in New Mexico brings more water management opportunities

New Mexico’s HB 546 Bill will relieve pressure on the scarce freshwater resources of the southwestern state. The legislation could also impact...

News
August 2019
News in Brief

On July 11, California Governor Gavin Newsom directed his chief of staff to fire Ken Harris, head of the state’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources. Newsom came to the decision...

Regulations
July 2019
California water disposal operator forced to reassess practices

California’s Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board (CVRWQCB) on January 7 issued a cease-and-desist letter...

Financial affairs
July 2019
Rattler IPO raises $765 million amid rapid growth

US water, oil and gas services company Rattler Midstream successfully raised $764.8 million in an initial public offering...

Financial affairs
July 2019
NGL Energy buys Mesquite’s produced water assets for $890 million

Integrated energy services company NGL Energy Partners announced on July 2 that it had closed an $892.5 million transaction...

Regulations
July 2019
NOPSEMA chides Esso for water-in-oil measurement errors

Australia’s National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) issued a direction to Esso Australia Resources on May 21...

Technology
April 2019
MGX Minerals and Eureka Resources join forces in lithium recovery venture

MGX Minerals and Eureka Resources have signed a letter of intent to create a joint venture aimed at recovering lithium from produced water in the Marcellus and Uttica shales...

Financial affairs
April 2019
TPG Capital to pay $930m for majority stake in Goodnight Midstream

Private equity firm TPG Capital will acquire a majority stake in Goodnight Midstream for approximately $930 million from Tailwater Capital and private investors...

Regulations
April 2019
Petrobras facing new regulations for produced water

Brazilian state oil company Petrobras is facing new regulations for its produced water discharge on offshore rigs...

Texas
April 2019
University Lands starting to award water management contracts

University Lands has begun awarding service contracts for full-cycle water management services on Permanent University Fund Lands...

Financial affairs
April 2019
ExxonMobil ups growth and capital spending estimates

ExxonMobil has revised growth plans for its Permian Basin operations to increase total daily production to 1 million barrels of oil equivalent by as early as...

News
April 2019
“Produced water? There isn’t even a book about it.” Well, there is now

John Walsh, world renowned expert on upstream water, has published a text book on the principles, fundamentals and equipment needed for...

Technology
April 2019
Chevron announces winners of Chevron Tech Challenge

In February, Chevron announced three winners for its Chevron Tech Challenge which appealed for innovative technologies and business solutions for water management issues in oilfields...

Company News
November 2018
Suez opens lab and R&D center near Houston

Suez has opened a lab in Tomball, TX, dedicated to oil refining, petrochemicals, and upstream oil and gas operations. Experts at the lab will support Suez’s chemicals and monitoring solutions...

Events
November 2018
5 things I learned at PWME 2018

Operators will go to extraordinary lengths to limit their operating expenses...

Regulations
November 2018
E&Ps win lay-flat hose battle in OK

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ended a suit between producers and Kingfisher County over transporting produced water in the STACK play, siding with producers...

Company News
November 2018
Sourcewater purchases Digital H2O

Sourcewater, a leading provider of oilfield water information, announced this week the purchase of Digital H2O from Genscape Inc to expand its service offering...

Events
October 2018
Events

Overviewing the top upcoming events that tackle the most pressing issues in the world of Water in Oil...

Projects
October 2018
Midstream update

With $450 million committed to date, and a recently-signed exclusive agreement with a major oil producer in the Eagle Ford, EVX Midstream Partners is...

Technology
October 2018
Building a better gun barrel

According to Bill Ball, about 80% of gun barrel tanks are misapplied at saltwater disposal wells. Ball should know. He has spent 50 years in the oil patch...

Permian
October 2018
GCA's Permian ambitions die slowly

Many refineries and petrochemical plants in the Houston area have no wastewater treatment plant. Instead, they pump their wastewater to a centralized plant...

Events
October 2018
Events highlight water and oil divide

Two recent conferences in Austin inserted oil and gas sessions in the programs. No one from an oil and gas company attended either...

Company News
September 2018
Midstream update

With $450 million committed to date, and a recently-signed exclusive agreement with a major oil producer in the Eagle Ford, EVX Midstream Partners is...

Events
September 2018
Events

Overviewing the top upcoming events that tackle the most pressing issues in the world of Water in Oil...

Texas
September 2018
Pioneer trades plant upgrade for water supply

Delegates at this week’s WateReuse Symposium in Austin heard how Pioneer Resources struck a deal with the City of Midland to contribute to the cost of an upgrade...

Technology
September 2018
Majors come together for high-TDS research

In the last issue of this newsletter, while reviewing the Produced Water Society seminar in Midland, the Petroleum Environmental Research Forum (PERF) was sold short...

Technology
September 2018
Can designer proppants cut the water cut?

What if you could create a semi-permeable membrane in the ground that allowed oil to flow preferentially while reducing the amount of produced water going to the surface?

Technology
September 2018
Brine reduction technologies welcome

A research consortia is North Dakota is aching to pilot technologies that can treat high-TDS water. The group, which is a public private partnership between...

Regulations
August 2018
Looking at ways to discharge produced water

Under current EPA effluent guidelines, treated produced water cannot be discharged into surface waters in the US except for...

Events
August 2018
Events

Overviewing the top upcoming events that tackle the most pressing issues in the world of Water in Oil...

Europe
August 2018
Back at it after shaking things up

England-based unconventional gas company Cuadrilla has resumed operations in Lancashire seven years after causing two earthquakes in the county...

Company News
August 2018
Midstream update

With $450 million committed to date, and a recently-signed exclusive agreement with a major oil producer in the Eagle Ford, EVX Midstream Partners is...

Company News
August 2018
Time to go

It is harder to sell a box of motorcycle parts than it is to sell a motorcycle. It is not quite that bad for Siemens AG as it tries to let go of the remnants of its water business...

Regulations
August 2018
Discharging already

If you think that overregulation is an economy-strangling problem, you will be glad to hear that there is a surprising amount of under regulation going on. In the northeast corner of Pennsylvania...

Events
August 2018
Produced Water Society in the Permian

A trip to Midland Texas does wonders for a soul that yearns for flatness and beige. Last week about 350 souls got their fill of both at the Produced Water Society’s second Permian Basin seminar...

Company News
July 2018
Water hits the bottom line

During a quarterly earnings conference call with analysts on March 5, in a presentation peppered with phrases like “accretive bolt-on acquisition” and...

Company News
July 2018
Midstream update

With $450 million committed to date, and a recently-signed exclusive agreement with a major oil producer in the Eagle Ford, EVX Midstream Partners is...

Texas
July 2018
University Lands challenge

In 1838 the country of Texas donated 200,000 acres of scrub land in the west to the university system. The State of Texas donated another 2 million acres to help finance colleges. Today...

Technology
July 2018
Tilted

Some folks like their free water knockouts horizontal. Some like them vertical. And others, mostly Canadians, like them inclined. Not too inclined, only about 8 degrees...

Texas
July 2018
Texas Pacific Land Trust and water resources

To get from sea to shining sea, the US government granted millions of acres of land to railroads in the 1800's. One of the railroads, Texas Pacific, received more than 3 million acres. Unfortunately...

California
July 2018
Percolation

In the early days of fracking (before 2011, many gas producers in Pennsylvania sent their flowback and produced water to municipal sewage treatment plants. Eyebrows were raised...

Regulations
July 2018
Australia – Northern Territory

Pausing can always be prudent when preparing to drill, pump and pipe. Proven gas reserves in the Northern Territory have not been tapped...

Technology
July 2018
Chevron Tech Challenge

A challenge has been thrown down by Chevron Technology Ventures. Top three winners get $25,000 and the chance to prove their technologies in the field...

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