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Solaris Water Midstream begins operations at expanded water recycling facility

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Solaris Water Midstream, a provider of water-related infrastructure to the oil and gas industry, has started operations at its expanded Lobo Ranch produced water recycling and blending centre in Eddy County, New Mexico.

Additionally, the company has commenced development of its Bronco water recycling and blending facility in Lea County, New Mexico.

Both facilities are integrated into Solaris Water’s Pecos Star System, a water gathering, disposal and supply system over 300 miles in length, which aggregates produced water from oil and gas operations across an area of 2 million acres.

The Lobo Ranch facility includes a produced water treatment system, 1.8 million barrels of water storage for treated produced water and non-potable water, as well as a 16-inch pipeline for redelivery.

The expanded facility is able to treat up to 80,000 barrels per day (bpd) of produced water and receive 80,000 bpd of non-potable water.

It has a capacity to redeliver a blend of almost 200,000 bpd to customers for use during well completions. According to Solaris Water, the facility’s first customer has agreed to purchase 16 million barrels of recycled and blended frac water for 2019.

The company’s Bronco facility will also be able to treat 80,000 bpd, and will initially service a major producer’s completion operations from September 2019 to the end of the year.

Solaris Water plans to construct additional large-scale recycling and blending facilities in Eddy County and Lea County over the next two years.

“Our high-capacity recycling facilities are integrated with our pipelines and network of disposal wells across an area that covers a significant portion of the Northern Delaware basin,” said CEO Bill Zartler. “We are taking thousands of water trucks off the road, saving precious groundwater, helping our customers achieve operational and cost efficiencies. Our integrated system both saves our customers money and provides significant environmental and safety benefits.”