Every phase in oil and gas operations—whether it’s completion, production, stimulation, or workover—involves water. Oilfield water management costs the upstream oil and gas industry billions of dollars each year. That’s more than the gross domestic product (GDP) of some small countries.
“The oil industry is effectively a water industry which delivers oil as a byproduct. In the North American onshore oil industry, 8 barrels of water are brought to the surface for every barrel of oil.” (Global Water Intelligence, March 2011)
Water has a major economic impact on the profitability of oil and gas fields. Produced water is a costly burden that must be addressed. Once it has traveled and reached the surface, it must be disposed of or treated for reuse.
During a well’s production phase, excess water drives up costs and reduces oil and gas output. Baker Hughes offers a full spectrum of technologies to improve production streams. These can be categorized into avoidance, conformance, and production assurance. We can also treat produced and flowback water for reuse, greatly reducing sourcing, disposal, and transportation costs.
You need a water management provider that takes an integrated approach to water management. Baker Hughes combines expertise, technology, and a dedicated team of water management application engineers to provide lifecycle solutions that help you take control of your water management costs. You can minimize OPEX and CAPEX while extending the life of a producing asset and increasing return on your overall investment.