Solaris Launches Expanded N.M. Produced Water Facility

(P&GJ) — Solaris Water Midstream said it has launched operations at its expanded Lobo Ranch Produced Water Recycling and Blending Center in Eddy County, N.M. and started development of another recycling facility in the Northern Delaware Basin of New Mexico.

(source: Solaris Midstream)

Solaris is integrating its new and expanded recycling centers into the Houston-based company's Pecos Star System, a more than 300-mile water gathering, disposal and supply system that aggregates produced water from nearly 20 oil and gas operators across a 2-million-acre footprint.

The expanded Lobo Ranch facility, located near the Lobo 285 water disposal well south of Malaga, N.M., includes a produced water treatment system, 1.8 million barrels of water storage for treated produced water and non-potable water and a 16-inch pipeline for redelivery to a final staging location for pickup. Solaris increased its capacity to treat up to 80,000 barrels per day of produced water and receive 80,000 barrels per day of non-potable water, with the capability of redelivering a blend of nearly 200,000 barrels per day for use during well completions.

Solaris said Lobo Ranch’s initial customer has contracted to purchase 16 million barrels of recycled and blended frack water through the remainder of 2019.

“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 Solaris Water CEO Bill Zartler. “We are taking thousands of water trucks off the road, saving precious groundwater, helping our customers achieve operational and cost efficiencies.”

The Bronco Produced Water Recycling and Blending Center, now under development in Lea County, N.M., is also designed treat 80,000 barrel per day. Solaris said it will use the Bronco facility to service a major producer’s completion operations beginning in September 2019 through end of year.

Solaris Water, a Houston-based subsidiary of Solaris Midstream Holdings, said it plans to construct additional large-scale recycling and blending facilities in Eddy and Lea counties over the next two years.

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