Water is an essential component for oil and natural gas production during both the drilling and hydraulic fracturing processes. Most of the water used comes from surface water sources such as area lakes, ponds, rivers and municipal supplies. Historically, the water used in drilling and hydraulic fracturing has been a one-time use. With recent droughts, oil and natural gas operators have been seeking alternative sources of water to be used in aiding their production to minimize their ecological impacts.
Typical Oil & Gas Well Water Usage
In order to frac a well, operators use 500,000 to 1,000,000 gallons of water for each stage, and a well may need up to 20 stages. With local regulations being reinforced and public concerns, water is now thought as the most critical resource operators utilize when producing oil and gas in all regions. Until recently, produced water, which includes water produced during the initial flowback process, was an undesirable and costly byproduct of oil and gas production. It is also one of the "continually produced" substances during the oil and gas production that poses environmental risks. With Bosque System's technology, operators can now re-use the produced and flowback water for hydraulic fracturing operation, thus reducing the amount of fresh water and in some cases, water trucked to the producing zone.
Water recycling is an important topic because of the increase in oil and gas production in North America coupled with fresh water shortages. Bosque Systems has contracts with major operators across oil and gas plays to treat their water for re-use in the hydraulic fracturing process.
Multiple Solutions Needed To Tackle Water Treatment
Bosque Systems has patents or patents pending on several technologies. One technology employed by Bosque Systems, according to Robert Mitchell, is a mobile water recycling unit, which precipitates solids in the water and extracts them. He said Bosque has mobile units dedicated to different regions of the country, including the Permian Basin, the Mid-Continent, the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas, and the Bakken Shale in North Dakota.
“Being a service provider, we believe safety and results are the two most important components for our customers. As such, we continually test and monitor the quality of the water we treat in order to report and validate our results to operators”, Peter Pappas added. “We are a full solution provider.”
Headquartered in Fort Worth, TX, Bosque Systems, LLC has seen this challenge for many years and developed technologies to reduce the impact of operators on water resources. The company is involved in working with operators to provide customized water management solutions.
Bosque Systems is a solutions-based company that specializes in designing complex turnkey solutions to solve operators' water management needs from inception to completion, with expert project management teams able to design, engineer, and provide support for oil and gas operators’ water challenges. Our solutions include water treatment, saltwater disposal, gathering systems and specialized custom solutions designed to meet specific customer requirements. “Bosque enjoys multiple advantages as compared to competitors. We do not push one technology in particular but rather design solutions around each customer’s location, water quality and economic needs”, said Peter Pappas, vice president of growth and business development.
“Water from fracturing operations is exposed to millions of naturally occurring microbial contaminants which can cause souring; corrosion; plugging in pipelines and injection wells, pumps, and filters; and emulsion problems”, said Robert Mitchell, director of technology for Bosque Systems. “Partnering with oil and gas operators, Bosque has identified a need for an environmentally safe, effective and cost-efficient solution for treating water being used for hydraulic fracturing”, he continued.
About Bosque Systems, LLC
Bosque Systems, LLC provides full water management services to oil and natural gas operators. We are a solutions-based company that specializes in designing complex turnkey solutions to solve operators' water management needs from inception to completion, with expert project management teams able to design, engineer, and provide support for oil and gas operators’ water challenges. Our solutions include water treatment, saltwater disposal, gathering systems and specialized custom solutions designed to meet specific customer requirements.
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