Out of the shale revolution, wastewater production, disposal and recycling have birthed a midstream industry all its own. One barrel of oil extracted generally yields half a barrel of wastewater. To put this in perspective, between 2011 and 2016 the volumes of wastewater from fracking rose an extraordinary 1,440%. And in areas like Texas and N.M. where one well can require millions of gallons of water to frack in the mostly desert climes, advanced wastewater solutions have become big business.
EVX Midstream Partners LLC is a next generation midstream company focused on acquiring, developing and operating crude oil, natural gas, and produced water gathering, recycling and disposal assets in environmentally meaningful and innovative ways. EVX was founded by Herb Chambers IV, Charlie Flynn and Brian Kellar, in partnership with Five Point Energy.
Houston-based EVX Midstream is one of those wastewater solutions providers that this year fixed its sights on the Texas Eagle Ford, where the latest figures put wastewater production close to 10 million gallons per well. That’s equivalent to 15 Olympic-sized swimming pools. As a side note, following in the footsteps of neighbor N.M., Texas could soon enact binding regulations for producers to environmentally dispose and recycle the wastewater produced by fracking. But EVX isn’t waiting around. The company recently announced completion of the phase one of construction of what will be the largest gathering system for oilfield wastewater in the Eagle Ford.
EVX in September completed more than 300 miles of water-gathering pipeline, which will connect to its 26 saltwater disposal wells that can inject up to 600,000 Bbls of water per day. Most impressively, EVX is laying a new high-temperature plastic pipe which can substantially cut carbon emissions, withstand higher temperatures, and eliminate as many as 250,000 heavy-haul truck trips every year—all in the first phase of the project.
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