Sandra Rintoul, president of Wilks Enterprise, will present a paper at the upcoming Unconventional Gas & Produced Water Conference in Aberdeen, Scotland, on 4 June 2013. The talk is entitled, ‘The Role of Oil in Water Testing in Unconventional Gas Operations and an Overview of US Practices’. It will discuss hydraulic fracturing and the disposal of drill cuttings resulting from the oil drilling process and how the use of portable infrared analyzers is effective for on-site determination of oil in water levels for both operations.
Deep shale oil and gas development in the US and Canada is proving key for energy needs and economic renewal. Other parts of the world are also looking at this abundant resource. However, hydraulic fracturing is drawing much public environmental concern and has even delayed exploration in some parts of the world. This is due to the amount of water that is used and the potential for ground water contamination. In addition, drill cuttings from oil-based muds (OBM) have limits on hydrocarbon levels depending on how they are to be disposed.
Easy-to-use infrared analyzers, such as the Wilks InfraCal TOG/TPH Analyzers, provide quick and simple on-site oil and grease measurement, giving operators at a well site a useful tool for optimizing frac water treatment procedures, maximizing evaporation pond efficiency, complying with off-site disposal requirements of wastewater and drill cuttings, or for assessing contamination. This is the same field-proven technology that has been used worldwide for both the off-shore and on-shore oil and gas industry and is a reliable testing method that will help reduce public environmental concerns.
For further information on the InfraCal TOG/TPH Analyzers for on-site measurement of oil in water, please contact Wilks Enterprise.