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Chevron’s Performance Pipe supplies plastic pipe for wastewater transport

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Performance Pipe, a division of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, will supply EVX Midstream Partners with high-temperature polyethylene pipe to transport produced wastewater in the Eagle Ford Basin in Texas to multiple saltwater disposal (SWD) facilities.

EVX Midstream intends to expand the pipeline to over 300 miles, making it the largest SWD pipeline network carrying produced wastewater in the Eagle Ford Basin.

Performance Pipe’s PlatinumStripe® 1800 Series PE-RT Piping is constructed from high-density polyethylene (HDPE), which is designed for high-temperature environments. It will reduce the need for heavy-haul trucks to transfer produced wastewater, removing the need for an estimated 250,000 trucks annually.

“The installation of Performance Pipe’s Platinum Stripe® 1800 Series PE-RT Piping provides numerous benefits to safety, the environment and the local community,” said Mike Zeglin, Performance Pipe’s general manager and president. “Our product helps meet the water handling requirements of shale producers in an all-around safe and reliable manner, from reducing the carbon footprint associated with saltwater disposal to creating less truck traffic and related emissions.”

The project to replace the network with plastic pipes offers a solution to the higher produced water temperatures associated with shale production in the Eagle Ford Basin, which can be as high as 180 degrees Fahrenheit, corroding standard steel piping.

“This project is a great example of how Performance Pipe products carry significant advantages on multiple fronts, including in this case for shale production, the environment, public safety and our highway infrastructure,” added Herb Chambers IV, CEO of EVX Midstream. “That is why we believe our SWD pipeline network represents a true win-win for shale producers, our company, local landowners and the Eagle Ford’s economic growth.”

The first phase of the project will cover 160 miles, with 30 miles of Performance Pipe’s plastic piping currently in service.