Advancing a Web-based Tool for Unconventional Natural Gas

Advancing a Web-based Tool for Unconventional Natural Gas Development with Focus on Flowback and Produced Water Characterization, Treatment and Beneficial Use

Subcontractor: Colorado School of Mines (CSM)

Principal Investigator: Mengistu Geza
Project Number Project Status
11122-53 Completed
RPSEA Project Manager: Joseph Renk
Participants
New Mexico State University; Pioneer Natural Resources; Emerging Products Technical Consulting LLC; Tetra Tech, Inc
Period of Performance
Start Date End Date
May 31, 2013 August 30, 2016
Total Project Cost RPSEA Share Cost Share
$393,657.00 $286,366.00 $107,291.00
Project Objectives

The overall objective of this proposed study is to provide a set of web-based tools that will enable producers and other users to characterize, treat, beneficially use, and manage produced water and frac flowback water from unconventional gas production. The goal is to sustain gas production while minimizing potential impacts on natural water resources, public health, and environment. Built upon the integrated decision making framework developed for CBM produced water management, the proposed study focuses on shale gas and tight sand production, the most difficult and least developed. The proposed research is designed for 36 months and organized into four phases.

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Presentations
Title: Final Report: An Integrated Decision Support Tool for Unconventional Natural Gas Development with Focus on Flowback and Produced Water Characterization, Treatment and Beneficial Use - 08/16 (PDF-1.28 MB)
Title: Technical Assessment: An Integrated Framework for Treatment and Management of Produced Water: Technical Assessment of Produced Water Treatment Technologies - 08/16 (PDF-12.4 MB)
Title: Paper: Review of Flowback and Produced Water Management, Treatment and Beneficial Use for Major Shale Gas Development Basins - 01/14 (PDF-268.9 KB)
Articles
Title: Shale gas produced water treatment using innovative microbialcapacitive desalination cell - 10/14
(PDF-559.0 KB)
Title: Coalbed methane produced water screening tool for treatment technology and beneficial use - 12/13 (PDF-2.8 MB)
News Release

August 2016
(FE) Colorado School of Mines Develops Support Tool for Unconventional Natural Gas Development with Focus on Flowback and Produced Water Characterization, Treatment and Beneficial Use
The Colorado School of Mines recently completed a project to provide a set of web-based tools that will enable producers, regulators, consultants and other users to characterize, treat, beneficially use, and manage produced water and fracturing flowback water during unconventional natural gas development in particular focusing on shale gas production. The Decision Support Tool (DST) is an integrated produced water management tool that accounts for quantifiable and non-quantifiable criteria in the selection of a treatment process. Meeting water quality requirement for a user selected beneficial reuse as required by a regulation is a priority in the treatment selection process. The DST simulated logical treatment trains for various source water types, while offering additional flexibility considering factors influencing the final treatment trains including percent water recovery, temperature etc. It allows users to include or exclude treatment technologies and provides an option to the user to generate a single best treatment train option or up to 3 alternative treatment train options. The tool can be used to compare costs of beneficial use to existing produced water disposal costs, given site-specific conditions. In this way, the tool may be used to perform a break-even point for treatment relative to disposal under sites specific conditions. (Joseph B. Renk III, 412-386-6406, Technology Development & Integration Center, Oil and Gas, RPSEA Project #11122-53)

Web-based Tool
Title: An Integrated Decision Support Tool for Produced Water Treatment and Reuse - 08/16 (Excel xlsm-5.69 MB)

User Manual: An Integrated Decision Support Tool (i-DST) for Treatment and Beneficial Use of Produced Water (Version 2.0) - 08/16 (PDF-5.67 MB)
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Courtesy Dr. Stu Geza, South Dakota School of Mines; Dr. Tzahi Cath, Colorado School of Mines;
Dr. Pei Xu, Guanyu Ma, New Mexico State University

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Courtesy Dr. Stu Geza, South Dakota School of Mines; Dr. Tzahi Cath, Colorado School of Mines;
Dr. Pei Xu, Guanyu Ma, New Mexico State University