Online Course 2: Unconventional Gas- Water Treatment and Recycling

Water treatment technologies and water recycling opportunities

This is the second course in a series of three courses. Understand the process of how water is treated and recycled in the unconventional gas industry, including in Coal Seam Gas, Shale Gas and Tight gas scenarios. We will delve into untreated water quality and highlight the various contaminants, as well as the water treatment technologies required to remove these contaminants. We will also look at the disposal of concentrated wastes. The ways that the engineered water cycle interacts with other stakeholders, such as farmers using recycled water, will be discussed. Case studies will be used throughout the course to showcase the recycling of treated water. Questions, feedback and discussions are encouraged in the course.

Date: Thursday, 11 April 2019

Time: 9:30am (Australia/Adelaide; find your local time)

Format: 3-hour live and interactive session (includes 10 min break), with pre and post course content to complete

Cost: 1 course $195 or the series (all 3 courses) $495

Chair: Ben Kele, Arris Water

Contact: Joel Voortman

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Ben Kele

Arris Water

Ben is the Director at Arris Water and completing his PhD at Central Queensland University. Ben has 20 years’ experience in the water industry and has researched, built and operated a wide range of ... Read more

Andrew Bilton

Concept Environmental Services

Andrew is the General Manager Growth & Innovation for Concept Environmental Services, Australia’s leading provider of fluid storage solutions to the oil & gas and mining sectors. Andrew has ... Read more


About the series:

This series consists of a free webinar and 3 short courses over 3 weeks.
Join us for the full series (all 3 courses) $495 or 1 course $195. Register for all 3 courses

The Australian Water School have partnered with Arris Water and NCGRT to bring you these high level, interactive courses which address the sustainable management of water in the unconventional gas industry.



Particular attention will be focused on the differences in volumes between Shale Gas and Coal Seam Gas activities. Case Studies will be used to showcase the recycling of treated water.

Discussion will include:

  • Volumes of water produced from the different types of gas extraction.
  • Water treatment technologies required to remove the contaminants of concern.
  • Advantages and disadvantages of the various technologies.
  • Concepts of treatment chains and multiple barrier approaches will be developed and integrated into a risk management framework.
  • Economics and environmental sustainability of different types of reuse.
  • Re-injection of water into suitable aquifers and the required water quality.
  • Disposal of concentrated wastes, such as saline brine.


  • The course is delivered through 6 units via the learning platform
  • Live and interactive 3-hour session
    • Thursday, 11th April, 10:30am (Australia/Adelaide Time)
    • Sessions are recorded & uploaded to the learning platform if you cannot attend live.
  • Pre-and-post-course materials to go through via the learning platform.
  • PDF of course materials, including sessions PowerPoints.

Preparation: Pre-course reading and video watching is encouraged. There is also an opportunity to tailor the sessions to your direct questions via the initial survey.

Requirements: A good internet connection. Headset and camera is also encouraged to allow for greater interaction.

Outcome: On completion of the course attendees will be issued with a Certificate of Participation.