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Water Treating for Hydraulic Fracturing

Society of Petroleum Engineers Denver Section

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:00 AM - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:00 PM (MST)

Denver, CO

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Denver Section

Society of Petroleum Engineers

Continuing Education Short Course Offering

Water Treating for Hydraulic Fracturing


Instructor:                Ted Frankiewicz, Ph.D

Dates:                      Tuesday - Wednesday, February 25-26, 2014, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Location:          Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, 321 Seventeenth Street, Denver, CO 80202, (303) 297-3111

1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded by SPE-Americas Office for this 2-day course.

Course Description

This course provides both an overview of water management and an in-depth look at critical issues related to sourcing (acquiring), reusing, recycling, and disposing of water in hydraulic fracturing operations. The course starts with a background of hydraulic fracturing operations and the different plays around North America. Options being used for transport, storage, reuse, and disposal are described for each of the different regions. The water management practices being used in the different regions are described and explained in terms of regional climate, type of shale and hence type of fracturing fluids being used, and the regional regulatory framework. Fluid characteristics are then described. The unique features of hydraulic fracturing fluids are given and compared to those of conventional oil and gas and fluids from other industries such as starch manufacture, pulp and paper, and food and beverage. Throughout the course, field experiences, practical issues, and field performance of equipment is presented.

Course Content

The class will provide a solid foundation for a broader understanding of water treating for hydraulic fracturing. Topics include:

  • Bacterial and scaling control
  • Pre-treatment and desalination
  • Why certain technologies work well and others do not
  • Which technologies are suitable for which kind of fluid
  • Costs to use various technologies at well sites, well pads and clusters, and in centralized facilities
  • Lessons learned and best practices are presented for essentially all phases of the water management life cycle
  • Costs to use various technologies at well sites, well pads and clusters, and in centralized facilities

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for process, facilities, and chemical engineers involved in either design or troubleshooting water-treating systems. Both on-shore and offshore facilities are presented.

About the Instructor

Ted Frankiewicz has more than 30 years' experience with oilfield process systems and produced water treatment. He has a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Chicago, holds 15 patents, and has written more than 35 professional publications. His experience includes hands-on operations, equipment design & manufacturing, and Process Engineering. He has worked for Occidental Petroleum, Unocal Corp., Natco Group, and SPEC Services, Inc.

At Unocal, he was responsible for developing the water treatment systems that were installed in the Gulf of Thailand to remove mercury and arsenic as well as residual oil from produced water. At Natco Group he developed an effective design for a vertical column flotation vessel and used Computational Fluid Dynamics to diagnose problems with and improve the performance of existing water treatment equipment, as well as to design new equipment.

At SPEC Services Ted has designed equipment and process systems for, or diagnosed performance issues with facilities and water treatment systems internationally for major as well as independent operators. His combined experience in oilfield chemistry, equipment design, and process systems provides him with unique insights into the water treatment and water management issues that challenge operators as their water production increases and becomes more complex.

Ted was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer on Water Treatment in 2009-2010 and has traveled extensively to deliver lectures on the treatment of oilfield produced water.


The registration deadline is Friday February 7, 2014. The registration fee is $1,400 for members and $1,600 for nonmembers and is fully refundable until that date. For more details, contact Darien O’Brien, P.E. at or (303) 934-5979. Make your check payable to SPE Denver Section and mail to: Darien O’Brien, 1632 South Lamar Street, Lakewood, Colorado 80232-7038. Please include the course name, your FULL name (as you would like it to appear on the course completion certificate), SPE member number (if applicable), Title, Company, e-mail address, postal address, phone and fax number. You may also register and pay on-line at








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Brown Palace Hotel
321 17th St
Denver, CO 80202

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:00 AM - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:00 PM (MST)

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