PF&C Luncheon: “Technology Developments in Water Management for Unconventional Gas Resources“

Speaker Sunil Ashtekar
Sunil Ashtekar is a Production Chemist in the Deepwater R&D team at Shell Technology Center Houston and currently supporting water management R&D program for Unconventional Gas and Tight Oil Technology Platform. He has obtained his Masters and a PhD degree from the Chemistry department, IIT-Bombay in 1996. After his post-doctoral ...

Sunil Ashtekar is a Production Chemist in the Deepwater R&D team at Shell Technology Center Houston and currently supporting water management R&D program for Unconventional Gas and Tight Oil Technology Platform. He has obtained his Masters and a PhD degree from the Chemistry department, IIT-Bombay in 1996. After his post-doctoral research at the department of chemical engineering at Cambridge University, he joined General Electric and worked in various fields of plastics, advanced materials and nanocomposites. In 2007, he joined Shell and has led various experimental programs on product and process chemistry, was instrumental in developing sustainable and value-added sulfur products. He has contributed in filing 16 patents.

Full Description

Shale and tight gas developments are highly water intensive processes with a typical well requiring several million gallons of water to drill and fracture. During gas/condensate production major portion of this water along with contaminants returns back to the surface as flow back water in the first few weeks of operation and remaining amount of water is produced through the life time of the well as produced water. For either re-use or disposal, the water produced from unconventional hydrocarbon wells needs treatment as it may contain residual fracturing fluid chemicals, suspended solids, high salinity, hardness, hydrocarbons which could form emulsions and other constituents.  The variability in produced water volume, high salinity and residual polymer among others present various technical challenges in water treatment.

In Shell, an integrated subsurface / completions engineering  / surface engineering approach is used to select and mature water treatment technologies and establish best water management practices focused on  minimizing safety risks to protect human health & the environment, reducing water footprint and  optimizing water-related costs.  A brief introduction to the integrated process will be provided and results of recent technology development and testing focused on optimizing water reuse and recycle.  This presentation addresses Shell’s current water management solutions for unconventional plays development.

Organizer Brad Nelson

Email: bnelson@maxoilsolutions.com


Phone: 832-230-8246

When?

Wed, Jun. 25, 2014
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. US/Central

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Where?

Technip - Energy Tower I
11700 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX 77079
United States

Technip Energy Tower 1


Ground Floor Conference Room

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