XRI Commences Construction of 230-Mile Water Pipeline System in Permian Basin

By Mary Holcomb, Digital Editor

(P&GJ) — XRI Holdings LLC, the largest water recycling company in the Permian Basin, has commenced construction of its Evolution Pipeline system, the company said on Dec. 1.

The new Evolution Pipeline system is a purpose built large-scale, multi-producer water recycling and produced water infrastructure network connecting XRI’s considerable existing pipeline infrastructure system in Midland County to its significant infrastructure footprint located in Reagan and Upton counties. 

“The project is a win-win-win for the industry, community, and environment,” Matthew Gabriel, XRI CEO, said. “The Evolution Pipeline mitigates over pressurization risks caused by injection into salt water disposal wells, reduces the use of groundwater, particularly potable water sources, and lowers our customers’ costs.”

When the Evolution Pipeline system is completed, the combined system will comprise a total of 230 miles of pipeline infrastructure with recycling facilities and produced water disposal wells covering much of the Midland Basin.

The Evolution Pipeline system addresses and mitigates risks from produced water disposal activity in seismically sensitive areas throughout the Midland Basin. The Evolution Pipeline system adds water recycling in areas of high seismicity, including the Gardendale Seismic Response Area, with the capability to transport produced water up to 50 miles away from major population centers to XRI facilities. The system is designed to be highly dynamic and will be capable of recycling and managing more than 500,000 barrels of produced water per day from producers in Midland, Glasscock, Reagan, and Upton counties.

XRI’s Evolution Pipeline system is designed to alleviate over pressurization of deep disposal formations and mitigate seismicity risks by maximizing produced water recycling opportunities with customers on the system. The system will enable XRI to aggregate sources of produced water under long-term contracts and recycle or transport the water south, away from seismically sensitive areas.

“XRI was one of the first to recognize the strategic importance of water management for responsible oilfield operations and we are proud to be working collaboratively with our customers to remain at the forefront of the produced water recycling industry, paving the way for the efficient, sustainable reuse of produced water in the Permian Basin,” said Gabriel.

The Evolution Pipeline system is supported by long-term contractual commitments with several industry-leading operators including Chevron, XTO Energy, an Exxon Mobil subsidiary, and Pioneer Natural Resources, and will be fully operational in the first quarter of 2023.

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