Solaris completes phase one of major Delaware shale water system

By Luke Geiver | May 29, 2018

The Solaris team is expanding from frack sand into water. The Texas-based company that has built a unique frack sand handling, storage and tracking system for Permian producers, has made its first major stride in the midstream sector. Through its Pecos Star System, the Solaris Water Midstream LLC team is now able to serve oil and gas producers in the Delaware Basin. 

Situated in Eddy and Lea Counties of New Mexico and Culberson and Loving Counties in Texas, the infrastructure features gathering, transporting, recycling and disposal of produced water. 

The first phase of the project is now complete and includes 50 miles of 12- and 16-inch produced water pipelines, multiple disposal-well connections, the ability to supply recycled water and freshwater wells and ponds. Solaris said the system is already anchored by three of the largest producers operating in the Delaware Basin. 

“We believe we are building the premier water infrastructure system in the Delaware Basin,” said Bill Zartler, CEO. “Our system offers operators shared infrastructure to multiple disposal wells and recycling facilities with built-in redundancies to save capital and lower costs.” 

Build-out of the remaining system—which will feature more than 300-miles of high-capacity gathering and distribution pipelines—will continue throughout the year.