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Shale Water Expo 2014 Draws Industry Leaders, Enthusiasm and Rave Reviews

Shale Water Expo 2014 Draws Industry Leaders, Enthusiasm and Rave Reviews

SWE-exhibit-floor-7By Dan Larson

In the works for a full year with the aim to address a growing industry hungry for opportunities, Shale Water Expo 2014 opened its doors last week to larger-than-expected crowds, an overflowing exhibition hall and seminars led by noted experts and industry leaders.

The industry’s first, national conference and exposition, Shale Water Expo featured 100 exhibit booths with people coming from across the U.S. and 10 foreign countries. A final tally of attendees, exhibitors and exhibit-only visitors showed more than 880 people walked through the doors at Houston’s Stafford Centre.

“By far, the best water-focused shale industry event we’ve attended. By far,” commented Aaron Johnson, Growth Platform Leader at Dow Water & Process Solutions.

Johnson, who led a seminar on emerging applications for water recycling, was echoed by William Wightman, General Manager at ASAP. Wightman noted that he had “learned a lot at the conference and appreciated the first-rate technical sessions.”

With topics ranging from how to minimize freshwater use through real-time sampling of waste streams for managing reuse treatment, the seminars covered the gamut of shale-water technology.

SWExpo14_018Other speakers provided in-depth examinations of the unconventional drilling and completions market with forecasts for continued growth.

A lively panel composed of a water engineer, hydrogeologist, recycling advocate and regulators from the Texas Railroad Commission and the Department of Environmental Quality ended Day 1.

The attraction of having a national conference and expo covering all phases of the shale-water industry drew companies large and small. A majority of those present worked for oilfield service companies and engineering firms. Representatives from 35 major and independent E&Ps also came. Booth space in the exhibition hall was sold out with last-minute exhibitors staking out their spots and drawing interested crowds to their booths in the lobby.

People from different backgrounds, experiences and business interests made new acquaintances and caught up with old friends. Outside, on two mild, sunny Houston days, they asked questions and kicked the tires on several full-size water handling and treatment trailers and skids.

“There was a lot of planning and hard work that went into creating this unique event,” said David Hill, Publisher and Executive Editor of Shale Play Water Management magazine. “I think the results speak for themselves. The sold-out exhibit hall and the attendance levels all exceeded our expectations. The Expo truly reflects this dynamic, growing industry.”SWE-exhibit-floor3

Hill thanked the Expo’s sponsoring and exhibiting companies, as well as the seminar leaders, for their support. “By recognizing the importance of a conference and expo dedicated to the shale-water industry, our sponsors have shown insight and leadership.

“We also want to thank those who took the time to attend the conference,” he said. “We’ve already started work on Shale Water Expo 2015 and promise that it will have more experts, more exhibits and more of the fluid knowledge that our readers have come to expect. See you then.”


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