Solving the Shale Play Water Conundrum
Water is the most common and most heavily used fluid in the petroleum industry. It is also the most heavily produced at an average of four barrels of water for every barrel of oil. And, it poses numerous well development challenges for operators, particularly those developing unconventional shale resources.
Effectively managing water is rapidly becoming the leading challenge in both conventional and unconventional drilling and completion operations. Project economics and stringent regulations are incentivizing operators who require large volumes of water for hydraulic fracturing operations to look increasingly at reusing produced water. Companies like TETRA Technologies are enabling and advancing frac water reuse through mechanical and chemical treatment techniques, automation, and the performance of new fracturing-chemical systems that accept high levels of chloride and other chemical concentrations.