With the launch of one produced water recycling facility in the Permian Basin of New Mexico, Houston-based Solaris Water Midstream LLC said it has begun to develop a similar project nearby.
Solaris has ramped operations at its expanded Lobo Ranch Produced Water Recycling and Blending Center, a large-scale produced water recycling and nonpotable water blending facility in Eddy County. It also has begun to develop the Bronco facility in Lea County.
“Our high-capacity recycling facilities are integrated with our pipelines and network of disposal wells across an area that covers a significant portion of the Northern Delaware basin,” said CEO Bill Zartler. “We are taking thousands of water trucks off the road, saving precious groundwater, helping our customers achieve operational and cost efficiencies. Our integrated system both saves our customers money and provides significant environmental and safety benefits.”
The Solaris Midstream Holdings LLC subsidiary owns, operates and designs water midstream assets across the Permian’s Midland and Delaware sub-basins.
The New Mexico recycling facilities are integrated into the Pecos Star System, a 300-mile-plus water gathering, disposal and supply system that aggregates produced water from nearly 20 operators across a footprint that extends across two million acres.
The Lobo Ranch facility is near the Solaris Lobo 285 water disposal well south of Malaga. The facility includes a produced water treatment system, 1.8 million barrels of water storage for treated produced water and nonpotable water and a 16-inch diameter pipeline for redelivery to a final staging location for pickup.
The Lobo Ranch now has the capacity to treat up to 80,000 barrels/d of produced water and receive 80,000 barrels/d of nonpotable water, with the capability of redelivering a blend of nearly 200,000 barrels/d to customers for use during well completions. The Lobo Ranch facility’s initial customer contracted to purchase 16 million barrels of recycled and blended fracture water through the rest of this year.
The Bronco Produced Water Recycling and Blending Center also is to have the capacity to treat 80,000 barrels/day. Set to ramp in September, the center initially would service one producer’s completion operations.
Solaris said it plans to construct additional large-scale facilities in Eddy and Lea counties over the next two years.