Oilfield Water Weekly

Wednesday June 2, 2021

We are thrilled to announce that our next event will be held at one of Houston’s finest venues:  The Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa on Friday, October 15, 2021.

The 3rd Annual Oilfield Water Industry Update will be a one-day conference dedicated to business issues in the full-cycle oilfield water sector. The agenda will delve deeper into some of the hottest topics that surfaced during our larger two-day conference in Frisco last month. It will also “break the seal’ on discussing new trends and broaching new topics that aren’t being discussed publicly anywhere else (details coming soon…).

Online registration will open soon for limited seating general attendance and sponsorship. We’ll let you know when it does in the newsletter. For now, please save the date 10/15/2021, and plan on joining about 200 other leading executives from the industry there. Attendees are encouraged to bring their spouse and stay in our discounted room block at the Houstonian through the weekend to enjoy the 5-star amenities offered by this venue!

And now, the news…


News Digest

XRI Announces Acquisition of Hibernia’s Water Infrastructure Assets

Through this transaction, XRI will become the long-term provider to Hibernia of all water-related services to Hibernia, including delivery of completions water and handling of produced water.

Matthew B. Myers Appointed to Echo Board of Directors

Recently, Echo launched a major ESG project called "CleanOnGreen" (CoG). CoG is a joint-venture between Echo Production and Pureline Treatment Systems. The JV objective is to clean oilfield produced water for non-edible agriculture crop production. Echo also announced the appointment of Matthew B. Myers to the Board of Directors. Matthew B. Myers, is the Dean and Tolleson Chair of Business Leadership at the Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University.

New Mexico Recycling Trends – Recycling is up, ESG bets are on!

For those operators who have reported back, we are showing an impressive average of 55% Produced Water Recycling across the first six months of reporting – more than doubling of prior recycling volumes.

From The Other Side Of The Aisle: Texas Forms New Group To Weigh Pros, Cons Of Repurposing Oilfield Wastewater

The Texas Produced Water Consortium will be housed at Texas Tech University, and will bring together a wide swath of agency advisors, technical experts and key stakeholders to consider these issues and produce a report with recommendations over the next year....

Heavy rain leads to flooding across the Permian Basin

Record heavy rains drenched the Permian this week, disrupting traffic and causing flooding...

Mining the Brine – An ESG Strategy for a Green Infrastructure

Big volumes of produced oilfield brine, assuming it contains 10% by weight calcium and/or magnesium as chlorides in solution, can be mineralized, using carbon, to permanently sequester over 150 million metric tons of CO₂ per year into a useful, environmentally friendly carbonate aggregate product.

Miners eye breakthrough zero-carbon tech turning wastewater into pure water

As more Australian miners pledge to be carbon neutral in the next two decades, a new innovative solar-powered technology that will extract pure water from waste streams is helping to push the sector towards becoming a circular economy.

When fair market value isn’t necessarily fair

Central States Water Resources has withdrawn an application lodged with the Public Utility Commission of Texas to determine the fair market value of a water system it had intended to buy from Fremont Water Company.

Baker Botts Advises Hibernia Energy III in Sale of Produced Water Infrastructure to XRI Holdings

Baker Botts advised Hibernia Energy III, LLC (“Hibernia”) and its wholly owned subsidiary, Celtic Disposal LLC, in the sale of its produced water infrastructure assets to XRI Holdings, LLC, an affiliate of Morgan Stanley Energy Partners (“XRI”).

What is the Growth-Limiting Factor In NM SWDs?

In New Mexico, the regulators are doing a pretty decent job at assigning permit limits, such that volume and surface pressure utilization are generally on par. The notable exception to this is in Northern Eddy County, where surface pressure utilization (58%) is almost twice that of permitted volume utilization (32%), suggesting that few, if any, deep wells in the area will achieve their volumetric goals.

California Proposes Frac Ban

The rule would ban fracing but the California Geologic Energy Management Division said on Monday that the rule would not affect oilfield wastewater disposal, cyclic steaming, steam floods, or water floods.

Surging Sustainable Finance Market Presents Opportunities for Energy and Infrastructure

The sustainable finance market is experiencing rapid growth, driven by many factors including an increasing number of capital providers seeking to meet their own environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals.

The Executive’s Guide To ESG: Environmental

2021 has brought new industry focus on ESG tracking, reviewing, and disclosing data. XRI is currently saving 225,000,000 barrels of freshwater and 180,000,000 barrels of wastewater from being reinjected – on an annual basis.

Q&A: Effective ways of getting your ESG message out

Opportune LLP Managing Director Amy Stutzman and Director Reid Brooks discuss what it takes for energy companies to craft an effective ESG message and strategy:

Robitallie: There are better ways to use produced water

As Wyoming and most of the West continues to be in a drought and the public is asking for more environmentally friendly ways for industry to operate, there must be a new approach to how we identify produced water.

New Mexico Deep SWD Report Card Part One

We look back to peak performance of deep SWDs (> 8,000 ft true vertical depth) at the end of 2019 – before the effects of the coronavirus and the 2020 industry downturn – probably a decent proxy for early 2021 (the beginning of the rebound).

Oxy Recycling Update

Recycling water is a priority for Oxy in all of our operations. Our new Midland, Texas, water treatment facility builds on the success of our existing New Mexico facility and allows us to increase water recycling, lower costs and reduce our footprint.

The Water Bearers

Because most of us don’t carry water as part of our daily lives, it’s easy to forget just how heavy it is. Sixty gallons of water can weigh over 500 pounds. For a well using 3 million gallons of liquid, that’s a haul of hundreds of tons when all is said and done. That water has to keep moving consistently to meet production goals, requiring specialized tanks, hoses, and strong chassis supports to make it all happen.

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