November 28, 2017

Workshop Overview

Business in the Permian Basin is reaching a fever pitch. Drilling activity continues to increase, driving both optimism in the oil & gas sector and the necessity for smarter water management. Water sourcing needs have grown tremendously with increasingly longer laterals in horizontal drilling, and analysts are predicting disposal well bottlenecks that could bring production companies’ operations to a standstill.

There is greater awareness of the risks associated with water management in the Permian, and therefore, greater opportunity. Reuse and recycling technologies may be the key to addressing water sourcing and scarcity issues. Strategic partnerships between municipalities and operators could provide the necessary synergies to meet the demands of heightened unconventional production. Investment in permanent water infrastructure might provide a long term solution to alleviate midstream woes and reduce operating expenses.

This workshop session will facilitate discussion among key stakeholders in the Permian Basin, addressing the opportunities for oilfield water management solutions in the industry. Focused roundtable groups will address the central issues confronting the region, and panels featuring operators, service companies, and regulators will help attendees identify where changes in procedure and shrewd investments can best support and sustain drilling and production activity in Texas.


  • $2,270 Delegate + The New Shale Boom Workshop Pkg
  • $995 The New Shale Boom Workshop (Workshop Only)
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Opening Plenary: The New Shale Boom

The new shale boom in the Permian Basin is creating widespread optimism, yet increased levels of production, longer drilling laterals, and SWD bottlenecks are placing greater environmental and logistical demands on an already water stressed region. The opening plenary will outline the issues confronting Permian operations and uncover the key opportunities for smarter oilfield water management.



Networking & Coffee Break


Roundtables Session

Industry experts lead focused roundtables and connect with workshop attendees to discuss the central issues confronting oilfield water management in the Permian Basin.

  1. Logistics: How will the midstream service model transform water management in the Permian?

    Host: Jim Summers, H2O Midstream

  2. Innovation: How can digital solutions reduce costs and improve water operations in the oilfield? 

    Host: Michael ChavezSitePro Automation Solutions I AmpliSine Labs LLC

  3. Disposal: Will a SWD bottleneck disrupt drilling and completions activity in 2018? 

    Host: Patrick Walker, Goodnight Midstream

  4. Regulation: What is the regulatory outlook for the Permian Basin?

    Host: Dan Mueller, Environmental Defense Fund

  5. Recycling: Is reuse the most cost-effective answer to water sourcing and disposal constraints?

    Host: Devesh Mittal, Aquatech Energy Services




Session One: Water Sourcing & Completions

This panel explores new and existing options for water sourcing, conveyance and storage – from alternative water supplies and advances in pre frac’ treatment to the build-out permanent pipeline infrastructure – and will discuss how costs can be mitigated in the face of increasing water volumes and supplies secured in the long-term. Panelists who have confronted these and other issues will share their experiences.

Session closes with breakout discussion groups further exploring issues raised during the panel.



Networking & Coffee Break


Session Two: Produced Water Management

Produced water volumes in the Permian are predicted to increase dramatically as drilling and completions activity ramps up, yet the region could soon be facing a significant disposal bottleneck as increased levels of production run up against limited SWD capacity. Is produced water reuse the most logical and economical solution to meet both disposal and water sourcing limitations? Our Produced Water Management session will provide comprehensive insight from industry experts on how to mitigate the economic and regulatory concerns associated with the conveyance, disposal and recycling of produced water.

Session closes with breakout discussion groups further exploring issues raised during the panel.



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