Water management

XRI Begins Construction of New Permian Water Pipeline System

The Evolution Pipeline System will help to mitigate Permian Basin seismicity through produced water recycling and diversion of produced water from areas of high seismicity.

The pipeline system will be capable of recycling and managing more than 500,000 B/D of produced water.

XRI Holdings LLC has begun construction of its Evolution Pipeline System in the Permian Basin, capable of recycling and managing more than 500,000 B/D of produced water from producers in Texas counties Midland, Glasscock, Reagan, and Upton.

The pipeline system is a purpose-built large-scale, multi-producer water recycling and produced water infrastructure network connecting XRI’s existing pipeline system in Midland County to its infrastructure located in Reagan and Upton counties.

When the Evolution Pipeline System is completed, the combined system will comprise a total of 230 miles of pipeline with recycling facilities and produced water disposal wells covering much of the Midland Basin.

The system addresses and mitigates risks from produced water disposal activity in seismically sensitive areas throughout the Midland Basin, according to XRI. It adds water recycling in areas of high seismicity, including the Gardendale Seismic Response Area, with the capability to transport produced water up to 50 miles away from major population centers to XRI facilities by aggregating sources and recycling or transporting the water south, away from seismically sensitive areas. Maximizing the produced water recycling will help to alleviate overpressurization of deep disposal formations.

The system is supported by long-term contractual commitments with several Permian operators including Chevron, XTO Energy, and Pioneer Natural Resources, and will be fully operational in the first quarter of 2023.

“The project is a win-win-win for the industry, community, and environment. The Evolution Pipeline mitigates overpressurization risks caused by injection into saltwater disposal wells, reduces the use of groundwater, particularly potable water sources, and lowers our customers’ costs,” said XRI CEO Matthew Gabriel.

Headquartered in Houston, XRI owns and operates more than a dozen geographically dispersed recycling facilities with approximately 415 miles of permanent, large-diameter pipelines and manages more than 1.2 million B/D of water.