Produced water management: an example of a regulatory gap

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The current Oil-in-Water (OiW) regulations, measuring only dispersed oil and grease content, have been practiced for long time without any significant improvement. This is whilst the major hazardous portion of produced water falls in dissolved components. Although, in recent years numerous technologies have been commercialized for online measurement and treatment of the entire components of produced water, the regulations have not been updated, except for some limited regions. Given the international awareness of sustainability and the move towards zero discharge, it seems that the environmental authorities have delayed in upgrading their current unsustainable "oil-and-grease" regulations with more accurate ones. It is recommendable to the prospective field developers/operators to take into account the dissolved components of produced water and consider the economic consequences of adopting tertiary produced water polishing technologies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSPE Oilfield Water Management Conference and Exhibition 2014
Subtitle of host publicationKuwait City, Kuwait 21 – 22 April 2014
EditorsAhmad Al-Jasmi, Salman Al-Qabandi
Place of PublicationRichardson TX USA
PublisherSociety of Petroleum Engineers
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781613993590, 9781510846777
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventSPE Oilfield Water Management Conference and Exhibition 2014 - Hilton Kuwait Resort, Kuwait City, Kuwait
Duration: 21 Apr 201422 Apr 2014
Conference number: 14th


ConferenceSPE Oilfield Water Management Conference and Exhibition 2014
Abbreviated titleSPE 14
CityKuwait City
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  • BTEX
  • Dissolved component
  • Environmental impact factor
  • Produced water management
  • Regulatory gap
  • Zerodischarge

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