Oilfield Water Weekly

Wednesday June 9, 2021

There is a TON of interesting water midstream and produced water news in today’s digest below. But first, some exciting news of our own!

Online registration for our one-day conference at the Houstonian this October 15th opened yesterday.

Registration pricing for the 3rd Annual Oilfield Water Industry will increase one month from now, so reserve your spot now to get the best deal on this industry gathering.

Check Out The New Conference Website>

Our room block at the Houstonian Hotel is open as well with great rates on a five-start hotel and spa. Attendees are encouraged to bring their spouse and make a long weekend out of it at one of the top private health clubs and spas in the nation (you can get our discounted rate for the weekend, following the Friday conference)! Get the details here

Topic agenda is in process, and we’ll keep you posted via the newsletter as the program starts to take shape over the next couple months… See you there!

And now, the news…


News Digest

Newly Released: Listen To The Podcast Recorded Onsite At The Oilfield Water Markets Conference In Frisco Last Month

The OGGN Elevate podcast episode recorded in the exhibit hall of our May conference in Frisco is out! Take a listen as we provide a quick update on the conference before one of the event's sponsors, XRI, talks about ESG, recycling, and water market trends with co-hosts Sean McCoy and Eric Johnson. Special thanks to both Sean and Eric for attending the event, bringing out their equipment, and recording a great episode onsite. Listening to all that buzz in the background brings back some good memories and gets us excited for gathering again soon!

Rethinking Produced Water Treatment For Simplicity & Optimization [Webinar Invite]

Even as complexities, inefficiencies, and rising treatment costs of produced water persist, radically different approaches and chemistry have emerged—posed to challenge conventional methods. Join CarboNet's webinar next week to discover more....

Goodnight Midstream Announces the Execution of a 100 Percent Renewable Energy Contract with TXU Energy

This contract will provide renewable energy-backed water takeaway for Goodnight's customers.

Recent rainfall downgrades parts of the Permian Basin to moderate drought

After the recent rainfall, the drought situation in the Permian Basin is looking much better, and so does the water supply.

More E&P M&A: Colgate / Luxe

Colgate Energy Partners III, LLC announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement under which Colgate will acquire a majority of the assets owned by Luxe Energy LLC in an all-stock transaction.

More E&P M&A: Contango / Independence

Two oil and gas companies, Independence Energy of Houston and Contango Oil & Gas of Fort Worth, said they would merge in an all-stock agreement to create a company with a market value of just under $5 billion.

Centennial Ends Bid For $10M In Failed Saltwater Well Deal

A Centennial Resource Development unit told a Texas state court it has settled a dispute with a Houston-based water management company over $10 million in escrow funds from a busted $150 million saltwater disposal well deal.

NGL Energy Sees Momentum Building in DJ Basin, Permian Delaware

NGL Energy Partners LP, which transports oil and also treats, recycles and disposes of water generated as part of the energy production process – said it got off to a slow start in calendar 2021 because of Winter Storm Uri and lingering effects of the pandemic.

New Pecos Relief Route Study - Virtual Public Meeting Ends This Week

Following the 2019 Pecos Truck Route study prepared by Reeves County, TxDOT will advance and further refine a relief route for US Highway 285 around the east side of Pecos. This proposed relief route would help long-term mobility, connectivity and safety needs on US 285 for local and through traffic.

CSB releases final report on hydrogen sulfide release at Texas waterflood station

THE US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has released its final report on the 2019 hydrogen sulfide release at the Aghorn Operating waterflood station in Texas, which caused the deaths of two people.

Tracking Exxon’s D&C Program In The Permian [Operator Spotlight]

Looking at the SuperMajors fleet, the big takeaway is the right sizing of their rig fleet relative to frac fleet. They were simply running...

Registration Opens For 3rd Annual Oilfield Water Industry Update

Kick-off pricing is available through July 7th for this October 15, 2021 event in Houston.

Conoco On Taming The Water & Sand Frontiers

Laboratory trials of complex chemical treatments — designed by water expert Ramesh Sharma — identified the recipe that would work. But would it perform in the field? Ramesh, working in conjunction with technical colleagues, had invented a way to use treated produced water during hydraulic fracturing.

Pittsburgh Companies Plan To Barge ‘Produced Water’

Companies in the Pittsburgh, Pa., area are looking to move fracking wastewater by barge.

In The Oilfield, Change Is The Only Constant UNLESS You Are The Marcellus Rig Count…

Seldom do we see metrics in the O&G business flat-line for very long, seeing as how it’s a violently cyclical business and all. Drilling and completions are a directional business. So this week, the Marcellus rig count jumped out a little to us as we put together the weekly drilling tables.

XRI Acquires Water Rescue Services

Founded in 2010 at the beginning of the shale revolution, Water Rescue has recycled over 44 million barrels of water since its inception, and its scope of operations complements XRI’s growing recycling infrastructure across the Permian Basin.

Enable Midstream Announces FERC Approval of the Gulf Run Pipeline Project

nable Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE: ENBL) announced today that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") has granted approval to construct and operate the Gulf Run Pipeline project under section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act.

Piping project for saltwater disposal plant wins PPI award

A piping project for a saltwater disposal facility in North Dakota was recently named one of the The Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI) Projects of the Year.

Things We Heard From Friends In The Sand Patch This Week

This week, the Infill Thinking team worked the phones and caught up with many industry contacts in the frac supply chain. Here's what they heard...

Data-heavy week could lead to price swings in oil markets

Monthly market reports from OPEC, the EIA and the IEA could make for a volatile week for crude oil prices, but the focus will be squarely on global demand indicators, analysts said.

Oil slips after hitting $70

Oil slipped after hitting $70 a barrel in New York for the first time since October 2018 as a rally driven by signs of a tightening market eased.

MRT: Perryman: Oil demand to set record in 2022

rude prices reached levels not seen since late 2018 this week, with West Texas Intermediate...

Water scarcity will require agriculture to tap 'unconventional' sources

Though 71% of the Earth is covered in oceans, humanity's water needs are met by less than 1% of the planet's total water, in the form of aquifers or snowpack-fed rivers. We pump it from the ground, treat it, drink it or spray it on our crops, and dispose of it.

Infill Thinking’s Mid-Year Oilfield Outlook Survey Opens For Member Participation

Over the years, Infill's market surveys have complied thousands of qualified responses from industry insiders with decision making authority, unlocking invaluable intel from and for our membership. Their latest is now open...

Texas creates consortium to study O&G water reuse

A bill passed this week in Texas aims to create a consortium of state government and private sector entities to promote the reuse of produced water outside the oil & gas industry.

Better subsurface understanding can derisk water disposal efforts

Induced seismicity – manmade earthquakes – have been rattling the Permian Basin, including 13 around the Midland area during the month of April.

Catapult Water Midstream Showcases Innovation

Jonathan Wright from NuVista Energy Ltd. speaks on the value in Catapult's innovative and connective methods around oilfield water.

Sidley Represents XRI in Acquisition of a Water Midstream Gathering System from Hibernia

Sidley is representing XRI Holdings, LLC (XRI), a portfolio company of Morgan Stanley Energy Partners and the leading full-cycle water management and midstream company with fixed infrastructure owned throughout the Permian Basin, in its acquisition of the produced water infrastructure assets of Hibernia Energy III, LLC (Hibernia) through its wholly owned subsidiary, Celtic Disposal, LLC.

Across the Pond: South Africa swims against the global tide, puts ‘controlled’ fracking back on the agenda

Swimming against a global tide to ban fracking outright, the government has published new proposals to safeguard South Africa’s declining water resources through “controlled” fracking – while simultaneously leaving the door wide open for oil and gas corporations to blast vast quantities of water underground to extract fossil fuels.

Might As Well Be Across The Pond (It's Different World On The Left Coast...): California's nightmare summer - the Golden State needs water now, right now.

California reservoir water levels are so low that some hydroelectric power plants may be forced offline during the peak of summer wildfire season, AP reports.

And One More Foreign Story Of Interest This Week: We’ll Do Climate Our Way, Australian Prime Minister Tells Miners

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has drawn a line in the sand for Australia ahead of an international conference focused on climate change and security.

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