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Produced Water Treatment Field Manual

Produced water is mainly salty water trapped in the reservoir rock and brought up along with oil or gas during production. Almost all offshore oilfields produce large quantities of contaminated water that can have significant environmental effects if not handled properly. Over the life of a well, the volume of water produced will exceed the volume of oil by a factor of 3-6 times. Since produced water has no commercial value, operators must find a way to treat relatively large amounts of water at the lowest possible cost. Packed with over 500 tables, figures, and equations, the objective of this book is to provide any one who is involved in the design, operation, maintenance and sizing of produced water treatment systems, with a handy reference to the latest technology, management, treatment, and handling practices.

This book will provide readers with the necessary insight to:

  • Present a description of the various water treating equipment that are currently in use
  • Provide performance data for each unit
  • Develop a "feel" for the parameters needed for design and their relative importance
  • Develop and understanding of the uncertainties and assumptions inherent in the design of the various items of equipment
  • Outline sizing procedures and equipment selection

The objective of this book is to provide the reader with sufficient information to make better logical choices in designing and operating the system. To a large extent, the design of a system, the sizing of individual pieces of equipment and the operation of the system must be tempered by the experience and judgement of the designer and operator.


Petroleum Engineer, Production Engineer, Drilling Engineer, Completion Engineer, Operations Engineer, Drilling Manager, Operations Manager, Project Production Engineer

Paperback, 244 Pages

Published: August 2011

Imprint: Gulf Professional Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-85617-984-3


  • "Published in a handy small format (4.5x7.5 inches), but not so small it inhibits readability, this guide contains the essential information necessary for produced water treatment using the format of an outline, with subjects followed by short definitions which in turn are followed by lists of key points and in some cases, a list of sample figures. Appendices contain definition of terms, descriptions of water sampling, and oil concentration analysis techniques. Many schematics, drawings, and tables are included. The book is derived from the authors' two-volume Surface production operations. Thoughtfully produced and authoritative, this volume will be essential to engineers and process designers in the field."--Reference and Research Book News


  • Part One: Basic considerations

    Chapter One: Pre-treatment considerations

    Chapter Two: Upstream equipment considerations

    Chapter Three: Process considerations

    Part Two: Water treating equipment

    Chapter Four: API Separators

    Chapter Five: Skimmer Tanks and Vessels

    Chapter Six: Plate Separators (Downflow/Upflow/Crossflow)

    Chapter Seven: Free-flow Turbulent Coalescers

    Chapter Eight: Induced Gas Flotation Units (Mechanical/Hydraulic)

    Chapter Nine: Sparger Units

    Chapter Ten: Hydrocyclones

    Chapter Eleven: Combination Units

    Part Three: Information required for design

    Part Four: Influent water quality

    Part Five: Equipment selection and performance

    Part Six: Filtration

    Chapter Twelve: Solids removal principles

    Chapter Thirteen: Water injection system treatment steps:

    Part Seven: Solids removal equipment

    Chapter Fourteen: Multimedia Filtration

    Chapter Fifteen:Deep-bed Upflow Filters

    Chapter Sixteen: Deep-bed Downflow Filters

    Chapter Seventeen: Deep-bed Nutshell Filters


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