Feasible analysis of reusing flowback produced water in the operational performances of oil reservoirs

Afshin Davarpanah

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Water reuse is considered one of the most efficient and optimum ways in petroleum industries to address the water scarcity problem. The effluents which are made by the petroleum operations are supposed to be one of the hazardous materials when they are discharged to the environment. The objective of this study is to measure the volume of the required water for the operational performances of the studied oil field. To do this, the necessary water and the volume of provided treated water for the waterflooding, tertiary flooding, and hydraulic fracturing procedures are appropriately measured and by the utilization of photo-Fenton/flotation are administered to remove the oil droplets. According to the observational measurements, it is clarified that hydraulic fracturing has supplied approximately 93% of its required water by the treatment of flowback water and it virtually eliminated the necessity of fresh water from local or domestic water resources. Moreover, the total freshwater that has been saved in this oil field is investigated about 80% of the total required water for their performances. Consequently, the lower need of fresh water from local resources would reduce the unnecessary expenses to provide this volume of water and would save fresh water for about 2750 inhabitants for 1 year to overcome the issue of water scarcity in the world.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35387-35395
Number of pages9
JournalEnvironmental Science and Pollution Research
Issue number35
Early online date20 Oct 2018
Publication statusPublished - 01 Dec 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Environment
  • Flowback water
  • Hydraulic fracturing procedures
  • Water resources
  • Water scarcity


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