|Produced Water Management|
Oil and natural gas reservoirs frequently contain large amounts of formation water which come to the surface along with the oil or natural gas. In addition, the processing of the oil or gas results in additional wastewater being generated. Produced water is not fresh water; it is usually highly saline and may contain hydrocarbons or minerals from the reservoir. With mounting pressures worldwide on water quality and supply issues, treating these wastewaters is an opportunity for the petroleum industry to demonstrate leadership in water conservation and recycling.
The ConocoPhillips Global Water Sustainability Center has a comprehensive program on the characterization, treatment, reuse and disposal of produced water from oil and gas production and processing plants with an emphasis on the Middle East region.