“It Takes A Downturn To Really Force Us To Get Our Act Together”
The Shale Gas Tight Oil Water Management Cost-Reduction Training Week will be taking place across the US over the course of the year, providing practical hands-on training that will enable operators to make the right cost-reduction decisions in an oil-price environment that demands operators to be working at full efficiency.
When interviewed, course instructors Laura Capper, President, CAP Resources, and James Welch, President, Welch Water Consulting, explained that their number one priority when designing the course materials was “to convey as much as we possibly can – in a method that can be absorbed and put to work. Moving away from theory and share what we have learned from actual field experience…where you learn the most is from people who have actually done the work”.
“There are lots of tradeoffs in any optimization decision that need to be considered. We have tried to identify the variables and give some weight of the value of those variables with respect to business objectives”, these courses have been designed to “enhance your water management understanding as it relates to cost management”
To help operators and service companies understand what level of expertise the training courses have been developed for, the instructors clarified that the most benefit will be for those “directly involved with drilling and completions and fluids management, but anyone even remotely touching in these areas will gain an understanding of the complexity for a higher competency in daily work”
When asked why water management training should be a priority for shale operators right now, even when prices are low and budgets have been cut, Capper noted, “It takes a downturn to really force us to get our act together. With droughts and shortages and enormous local community concerns about water, we really don’t have any choice but to use as little water as possible. There is a lot to learn to do it right”