Solaris Water Midstream LLC has commenced operations at its newest large-scale water reuse complex in New Mexico—the Eddy State Complex—on Oct. 27. The new complex can supply 300,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) of recycled produced water for operators in the northern Delaware Basin.
The Eddy State Complex joins Solaris Water’s successful ongoing recycling operations at its Lobo Reuse Complex in Eddy County and the Bronco Reuse Complex in Lea County. Two additional water recycling centers are also expected to be completed by December 2020. When all five water reuse complexes are operating, Solaris Water will have capacity to recycle over 900,000 bbl/d of produced water, with over 3 million barrels (MMbbl) of adjacent storage capacity.
In addition to responsibility for the management and development of the Solaris recycling business, Senior Vice President of Water Resources Michael Incerto is also leading the development of a satellite network of mobile recycling systems for Solaris. “Together with the five water reuse complexes, these mobile recycling systems will take advantage of our extensive produced water pipeline network to support completions across a 2,500-square-mile area in southeast New Mexico,” Incerto said.
Solaris Water has developed and operates one of the largest and fastest-growing water infrastructure systems in the Permian Basin, which, in addition to its recycling capabilities, currently includes more than 500 miles of high-capacity water pipelines, over 1 MMbbl/d of disposal capacity and 2.5 MMbbl of additional permitted disposal capacity. Solaris’s infrastructure provides full life-cycle water solutions for energy companies operating in the Permian Basin.
“Recycling produced water at this unprecedented scale in New Mexico has always been one of our primary goals,” Bill Zartler, CEO of Solaris Water, said. “Our expansive pipeline infrastructure network makes it possible to aggregate hundreds of thousands of barrels of produced water every day from multiple operators in the basin, and then treat and recycle those barrels to our customers’ precise quality and flow specifications in the increasing volumes that operators are demanding.”
“Solaris Water is on track to recycle 25 million barrels of produced water in 2020,” Zartler said. “Managing that level of volume requires innovative treatment technologies, state-of-the-art cloud-based automation and extensive hands-on experience in the field. We are proud to manage the premier integrated water infrastructure system in the Permian Basin.”
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