The movable water recycling facilities are cleaning produced water – which comes up alongside the well with oil and gas – so that it can be used for hydraulic fracturing.
Energy Water Solutions said that the recycled water will help relieve pressure on the Carrizo Wilcox Aquifer, the primary water source for La Salle County. Water use has spiked with the oil and gas boom in South Texas.
“For unconventional shale players like EP Energy, reducing the amount of water from aquifers that we use is important as we continue to develop new and existing plays,” said John Jensen, executive vice president of operation services for EP Energy, in a press release. “We’re pleased to be working with Energy Water Solutions to implement leading-edge recycling solutions in the Eagle Ford Shale.”
EP Energy is a Houston-based company with more than 97,000 acres in the Eagle Ford.
The water recycling effort is near Cotulla in La Salle County, one of the busiest areas for drilling and production in the Eagle Ford region.
The recycling will also eliminate trips to a disposal well, where the produced water would otherwise be pumped.
“Our close collaboration over the last two years has enabled a movable, effective and economic solution to the produced water disposal problem,” said David Skinner, EWS chairman, in a press release.