Launched in August 2017, our Barton Water Recycling Facility is located on 30 acres in Oklahoma’s STACK play in the Anadarko Basin. This beneficial facility recycles flowback and produced water from our operations in the area. The quality of the recycled water meets and exceeds the standard required for completions operations.
The Barton facility currently processes nearly 30,000 barrels of water per day (BWPD) of produced and flowback water from our STACK wells and hydraulic fracturing operations for an estimated savings of 10 million barrels of water per year. At full capacity, the facility is expected to recycle 30,000 BWPD or more of produced water continually in our STACK play, leading to continued water savings for the Company and the community.
The science is simple. An aerated biologic treatment technology is used to convert produced water into recycled water which can be exploited for hydraulic fracturing. The treatment process uses natural and enhanced bioremediation to separate and break down any existing impurities that may be contained in the produced water. The end result is a high-quality water, primarily free of impurities—very similar to what is initially found in the reservoir rock.
By the end of 2017, Newfield’s $50 million investment in the facility and related infrastructure included more than 70 total miles of buried water pipeline in and out of the facility. The addition of pipeline infrastructure from producing wells to the recycling facility has reduced truck traffic, on average, by more than 60,000 round trips per year, removing more than 160 trucks off the road per day in our STACK operations. In addition, utilization of permanent and temporary pipeline infrastructure to transport recycled water back to our completions operations eliminates the need for up to 500 trucks per day per well pad. This means fewer tailpipe emissions and lowers the probability of traffic incidents in the local community. Further, it also has reduced the amount of produced water sent to saltwater disposal wells.
Recycling our flowback and produced water means fewer freshwater withdrawals from local streams and ponds—ensuring more fresh water stays at its source for other community uses. It also helps to ensure continual water availability for Newfield’s operations while protecting Oklahoma’s freshwater resources from overconsumption. Although Newfield has water recycling programs in other states where it has ongoing operations, the Barton recycling facility was the Company’s first in Oklahoma. As we expand our operations in STACK and SCOOP and the need for additional water capacity increases, Newfield will investigate the addition of a second recycling facility in Oklahoma.