While Texas oil production has reached record levels due to the shale revolution of the last decade, there has been concern regarding the water that is produced from wells alongside oil and gas.
It is estimated that in 2017, the total statewide volume of produced water was more than 8.5 billion barrels (Bbbl). It is forecast that by 2023, the figure will rise to more than 15 Bbbl per year of produced water statewide in Texas.
Five years ago, the question was whether produced water was an asset or a waste. Today, operators know it’s both. The question remains how to use it as a sustainable commodity outside the oil and gas industry.