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Produced Water and Oil in Produced Water Measurement



Produced water is by far the largest waste stream in the Oil and Gas sector. Worldwide for every barrel of oil produced, on average there are roughly four barrels of water co-produced. How one manages this produced water will directly impact on oil production and ultimately on the recovery of oil from a field. Produced water contains all sort of components, of which some can potentially cause environmental harms if it is discharged. Thus the discharge of produced water (offshore and onshore) is strictly regulated. One of the key parameters that generally requires to be measured for compliance monitoring and reporting purposes is the content of oil in the produced water.

Dr Ming Yang presents an introduction to the subject of produced water and its oil content measurement. The aim is to increase delegates’ knowledge and understanding of produced water and related regulatory requirements, management options, treatment technologies, as well as definitions of oil in produced water and commonly available reference and field measurement methods. The webinar also touches on some of the key challenges and issues related to produced water management and oil in produced water measurement.


Dr. Ming Yang

Dr. Ming Yang is a Principal Consultant at TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory. He has over 27 years of work experience in the Oil & Gas industry. His expertise includes produced water treatment and management,  oil-in-water monitoring and measurement, and multiphase separation.

Ming joined the company in 1998, and since then he has established the company as the leading organisation in knowledge transfer, testing, consultancy, Joint Industry Projects in the above topic areas. He has been technically responsible for over 30 international conferences, written a book chapter on oil in produced water measurement,  and also runs a training course on the subject. Prior to TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory, Ming worked at Heriot-Watt University between 1991 and 1995 and University of Manchester between 1995 and 1997 in the UK.

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