1 April 2019
“Produced water? There isn’t even a book about it.” Well, there is now
John Walsh, world renowned expert on upstream water, has published a text book on the principles, fundamentals and equipment needed for...
John Walsh, world renowned expert on upstream water, has published a text book on the principles, fundamentals and equipment needed for the treatment of produced water and flowback water. The text is in two volumes, the first of which focuses on fundamentals including chemistry, treatment and emulsions. The second section explores equipment, process configurations and applications. In total, the two volumes number around 1000 pages.
Walsh has revealed the motivation behind the book. During his tenure at Royal Dutch Shell as a water treatment subject matter expert, he was in a meeting with a number of other widely respected experts, one of whom was a reservoir engineer. When Walsh began to discuss water, the reservoir engineer cut him off and said something to the effect of, “Who cares about produced water? There isn’t even a book about it.”
That remained true for a long time. The industry has since come around to viewing water as a critical factor to consider in the production of hydrocarbons and, with the boom of hydraulic fracturing, water is essential to all operations. There’s even a book on the subject.
All interested parties are encouraged to order the book from Amazon, just search “Produced Water John Walsh.”