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Management and Beneficial Use of Produced and Flowback Water

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Oil & gas extraction activities require the utilization of large amounts of relatively pure water and generate large volumes of highly contaminated flowback and produced water. The global production of produced water is estimated at 250 million barrels per day, with an increasing trend. If improperly handled, these contaminated streams can contaminate water resources, soil, and air, posing great risks to human and ecosystem health. Because they contain a complex mixture of organic and inorganic constituents at variable and often high concentrations, their treatment and overall management is exceptionally challenging. Specifically, the beneficial reuse of this type of wastewater requires the design of cost-effective, flexible, and low-footprint treatment plants to obtain a water effluent with adequate quality.

The goal of this Research Topic is to gather up-to-date information, offer innovative concepts, and propose state-of-the-art systems to improve the management of produced and flowback water from the oil & gas industry. The main spotlight is on the evaluation and optimization of novel treatment processes, technologies, and schemes to facilitate the beneficial reuse of this challenging wastewater. However, contributions are welcome about several topics and issues around the life cycle of produced and flowback water, including but not limited to stream characterization, management options and analysis, and environmental impacts. We welcome scientists from different fields, such as engineering chemistry, biology, as well as from the humanities. The work can be experimental or computational and it can be performed at different scales, from the bench to the pilot and industrial scale.

Reviews and research paper are welcome, which discuss:
• Characterization of produced and flowback water and of their variability
• Management choices, legislation, and analysis of the possible reuse options
• Novel treatment processes, technologies, and laboratory experimentations
• Treatment schemes, process combinations, and pilot experimentations
• Process optimization and intensification with the goal of water reuse
• Environmental impact of produced and flowback water, ethical and sustainability issues


Keywords: produced water, flowback water, wastewater reuse, wastewater treatment, wastewater management


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Oil & gas extraction activities require the utilization of large amounts of relatively pure water and generate large volumes of highly contaminated flowback and produced water. The global production of produced water is estimated at 250 million barrels per day, with an increasing trend. If improperly handled, these contaminated streams can contaminate water resources, soil, and air, posing great risks to human and ecosystem health. Because they contain a complex mixture of organic and inorganic constituents at variable and often high concentrations, their treatment and overall management is exceptionally challenging. Specifically, the beneficial reuse of this type of wastewater requires the design of cost-effective, flexible, and low-footprint treatment plants to obtain a water effluent with adequate quality.

The goal of this Research Topic is to gather up-to-date information, offer innovative concepts, and propose state-of-the-art systems to improve the management of produced and flowback water from the oil & gas industry. The main spotlight is on the evaluation and optimization of novel treatment processes, technologies, and schemes to facilitate the beneficial reuse of this challenging wastewater. However, contributions are welcome about several topics and issues around the life cycle of produced and flowback water, including but not limited to stream characterization, management options and analysis, and environmental impacts. We welcome scientists from different fields, such as engineering chemistry, biology, as well as from the humanities. The work can be experimental or computational and it can be performed at different scales, from the bench to the pilot and industrial scale.

Reviews and research paper are welcome, which discuss:
• Characterization of produced and flowback water and of their variability
• Management choices, legislation, and analysis of the possible reuse options
• Novel treatment processes, technologies, and laboratory experimentations
• Treatment schemes, process combinations, and pilot experimentations
• Process optimization and intensification with the goal of water reuse
• Environmental impact of produced and flowback water, ethical and sustainability issues


Keywords: produced water, flowback water, wastewater reuse, wastewater treatment, wastewater management


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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30 September 2020 Manuscript

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