Launched in August 2017, our Barton Water Recycling Facility is located on 30 acres in Oklahoma’s STACK play in the Anadarko Basin. The new, innovative facility recycles flowback and produced water from our operations in the area. Constructed to handle nearly 100 percent of the produced and flowback water generated in Newfield’s STACK play, the quality of the recycled water meets and exceeds the standard required for completions operations.
The Barton facility currently processes 30,000 barrels of water per day (BWPD) of produced and flowback water from our STACK wells and hydraulic fracturing operations for a savings of 11 million barrels of water per year. Capable of recycling up to 40,000 BWPD, the facility is expected to recycle produced water for years to come 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 again 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 will include 60 total miles of buried water pipeline in and out of the facility. The inclusion of a pipeline infrastructure is expected to reduce truck traffic by as many as 100,000 round trips per year, already taking 250 trucks off the road per day. This means fewer tailpipe emissions and a decreased likelihood 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 fresh water 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.
In recognition of the Barton Water Recycling Facility and the Company’s continued commitment to water conservation and management, Newfield was selected as a winner of the 2017 Water for 2060 Excellence Award by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board.