XTO signs produced water gathering contractor in Bakken

By Luke Geiver | March 15, 2017

Buckhorn Energy Services LLC has been contracted by one of the largest operators working in the Bakken’s most active county to build, own and operate an 87-mile pipeline for produced water gathering and disposal. XTO Energy Inc., the subsidiary of Exxon Mobil will use Buckhorn to move water from its operations in McKenzie County, North Dakota. 

The system may eventually serve other operators in the area as well. The system will utilize fixed, buried pipelines that can gather and transport produced and flowback water for disposal or recycling. In April, construction will begin on the system. 

Gary Ebel, CEO of Buckhorn, said he is proud to work with XTO and that its tailor-made system will reduce field level costs and increase reliability for the operators that use it. 

In April 2015, Buckhorn acquired a saltwater disposal facility in McKenzie County. Prior to that in 2014, the company acquired a special waste landfill permitted to hold naturally occurring radioactive material and other solid oilfield waste. That same year, Buckhorn also acquired SWD and fresh water assets in the Permian Basin. The company is currently operating assets in Texas and North Dakota.