PR | GI Industry Survey: 70% say Produced Water Can be an Asset
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PR | GI Industry Survey: 70% say Produced Water Can be an Asset

By The Gulf Intelligence

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Dubai, May. 8, 2016 (Gulf Intelligence) – The produced water in Qatar – a byproduct of oil and gas production – is more of an asset than a liability, according to 70% of participants to a Gulf Intelligence (GI) Industry Survey with 150 energy professionals in Qatar. Globally, around four barrels of water are produced along with every barrel of crude oil.   

Finding economical and environmental ways to use produced water is important for all energy producers, including Qatar. Qatar is the world’s largest LNG exporter and produces 680,000 barrels a day (b/d) of oil. Qatar’s Industry usually treats and then re-inject produced water from oil and gas production into the reservoir as a means to sustain the pressure, or ultimately inject it into a disposal well.  

Nearly a third (30%) of respondents to the GI Industry Survey said that produced water is more of a liability as it takes time and effort to either treat and re-inject the water, or find a suitable location for water that cannot be reused. Financial and human capital must be invested to improving the destination of produced water, which is not a popular route considering that oil prices are hovering at $40-$45 a barrel (bl) and putting energy companies and government’s budgets under strain.    

Industry plays a pivotal role in improving Qatar’s water security. The energy industry is by far the largest industrial user of freshwater, accounting for more than 15% of global usage. The country’s water security cannot improve without engaged and active energy stakeholders taking a proactive approach to managing produced water.   

Improving the economic and environmental value of Qatar’s produced water is also integral to bettering Qatar’s water security, which is one of the country’s three Key Challenges as per its National Vision 2030. The other two are focused on bettering energy security and cyber security.   Plus, Qatar’s population is expected to increase eight-fold by 2050, meaning that the country’s oil and gas production will likely increase and generate more produced water. Identifying strategies that improve Qatar’s produced water management today will generate significant economic savings for industry tomorrow, while also bettering Qatar’s water security outlook.   

Industry can also work with Qatar’s other two main institutions, Academia and Government, to find better economic and environmental ways to use produced water. Such lessons can then be exported to other countries also having to rethink their water management strategies. Exporting knowledge and expertise would also support the country’s goal to become a knowledge-based economy, as per the National Vision 2030.

About The Gulf Intelligence:

Gulf Intelligence is a UAE-based strategic communications consultancy that facilitates critical knowledge exchange and networking between stakeholders operating across the South-South Corridor. The consultancy connects government-related entities in the Middle East and their international partners trading across this New Silk-Road passageway from Asia to Africa.