Meet Senior E&P Decision Makers From:

  • Cardium Operators
  • Duvernay Operators
  • Montney Operators
  • Horn River Operators
  • Nordegg Operators
  • Viking Operators

With The Following Job Titles:

  • Completions
  • Operations
  • Water Resources
  • Engineering
  • Water Management
  • Shale Gas Development
  • Tight Oil Development
  • Environmental Affairs
  • Facilities
  • Geology
  • Regulatory Authorities


  • Water Treatment Companies
  • Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Companies
  • Water Transport Companies
  • Well Services
  • Pumping Suppliers
  • Frac fluid Suppliers
  • Proppant Suppliers
  • Reverse Osmosis Filtration Companies
  • Electrocoagulation & Electrooxidation Companies
  • Storage Specialists

Tight Oil & Shale Gas Water Treatment & Re-Use Canada Initiative 2014

Within its lifetime an unconventional well may use up to 13 million gallons of water and, while a few years ago this may have been seen as a drop in the ocean in comparison with Canada's abundant freshwater sources, today it can be crippling to well economics. With increasingly stringent policies on obtaining water licenses and permits and tightening regulations on tight oil and shale gas production, the big question now is; how can we cost-effectively reduce our freshwater consumption within these unconventional plays in Canada without impacting on production?

With the Water Acts in Alberta, BC and Saskatchewan essentially leading to no alternative but to utilize re-used or treated water for hydraulic fracturing, the onus now falls on the operators to identify the most cost-effective water treatment technologies for their operations.


The Tight Oil & Shale Gas Water Treatment & Re-Use Canada Initiative 2014 is the only E&P led conference focusing on specific technologies and methodologies for re-using high salinity, TDS and H2S water within the Duvernay, Montney, Nordegg, Cardium, Viking and Horn River Basin and Emerging Shale Plays. Each water type will be considered in succession to really enable the delivery of tangible strategies and case studies in handling water treatment and re-use.

With theories and speculation on new regulations ever evolving, case studies on how to gain water licenses and permits combined with the latest regulatory updates will also be showcased in order to finally gain clarity on what operators can and cannot do going forward. Solutions to environmental concerns relating to spillages and contaminated storage as well as industry collaboration will also be discussed.

For the 4th year, the congress returns with a revamped agenda following in-depth research with leading Canadian unconventional operators. See below for brand new topics for this year.


  • FRESH TO SALINE WATER FOCUS: Investigating how operators are changing from using freshwater to saline water in completions operations across western Canada - costs, successes and challenges
  • TREATMENT BREAKDOWN FOR HIGH SALINE, TDS AND H2S WATER: Technologies will be addressed relative to specific water types to identify proven technologies for the chemical and mechanical treatment of water with high H2S, salinity and TDS 
  • HANDLING THE BY-PRODUCT: Describing the cost-effective methods for handling the by-product produced from high TDS water treatment to determine the economic viability of use as alternate water source 
  • INJECTIVITY AND COMPATIBILITY: Monitoring injectivity rates and pressure to ensure compatibility with formation and zone during injection disposal 

Brand New And Updated Case Studies On The Following Key Topics Will Also Be Addressed:

  • REUSE OF FLOWBACK AND PRODUCED WATER: Outlining a wider range of proven methodologies of recycling produced and flowback water for re-use in completions 
  • USING TREATED SALINE & DEEPWATER BRINE IN FRACS: Examining methods for fracturing with freshwater alternatives to minimize costs within environmental regulations 
  • TEMPORARY STORAGE OF CONTAMINATED WATER: Preventing leakages when storing contaminated water to lessen environmental impact and unnecessary additional expense


The Tight Oil & Shale Gas Water Treatment & Re-Use Canada Initiative 2014 will...

...bring together unconventional operators within the WCSB to identify water treatment and re-use technologies for enabling the use of saline, high TDS and sour water in future hydraulic fracturing operations within the Duvernay, Montney, Nordegg, Cardium, Viking and Horn River Basin and emerging shale plays.

What's Unique About The Tight Oil & Shale Gas Water Treatment & Re-Use Initiative, Canada 2014?

  • Focus On Water Treatment Technologies: In order to streamline the arduous process of selection and assessment of the optimum treatment methodologies for both produced and flowback water, the conference provides unbiased, operator-lead insight on the best treatment methodologies/practices for water recycling and re-use so that every company doesn't have to duplicate expenditure in testing them out.
  • Aiding The Transition Between Fresh And Saline Water Use: Due to evolving regulations, the transition from fresh to saline water is an ultimate aim of most operators in Canada; which is why this conference provides cost-effective analysis of how this can be done successfully to aid the industry to take those steps to using saline water as a replacement of freshwater
  • Treatment Options Addressed Per Water Type: In order to identify the optimal methods needed to treat specific water types, we will be examining tried and tested treatment methods to combat high salinity, TDS and h2s to investigate which method works best with which water type
  • Cost Reduction Theme: Every industry professional knows how expensive water treatment technologies are to buy and run, which has been making the transition to non-fresh water sources more difficult. It is for this reason we are focusing on how best to maximize return on investment when identifying water treatments to allow the industry to further minimize freshwater use
  • Specific To Water Management In Purely Unconventional Plays In Canada: This conference is tailored entirely to those operators dealing with water in shale gas and tight oil plays within Canada. Through expert insight and case studies of water management developments from operators throughout unconventional plays in Western Canada, best practices and successes as well as failures will be outlined to bring help to any operator with interest in Canadian unconventional plays


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