Chevron, EVX use new produced shale water pipe in Eagle Ford

By Chevron Phillips Chemical Co | August 12, 2019

Performance Pipe, a division of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP, is supplying EVX Midstream Partners LLC with its trademarked PlatinumStripe 1800 Series PE-RT Piping to transport produced waste water more sustainably in the Eagle Ford Basin in Texas to multiple saltwater disposal (SWD) facilities. EVX Midstream Partners expects to expand this pipeline to a length greater than 300 miles, making it the largest SWD pipeline network carrying produced waste water in the Eagle Ford Basin.

Designed for high-temperature environments, this unique high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe will help decrease the need for heavy-haul trucks to transfer produced waste water, which will reduce traffic on public roads by an estimated 250,000 truck trips annually. In addition to saving municipalities the expense of maintenance caused by potential wear and tear on public roads, the new pipeline will reduce the carbon emissions associated with these heavy-haul rigs. Additional benefits include:

-lower risk of produced waste water spills and improved road safety

-increased reliability and production output yielding predictable expenses for water gathering and disposal versus fluctuating costs associated with fuel prices

-reduced expense of installation and operating costs and carbon emissions associated with diesel motors used to cool standard HDPE pipes

-reduced disruption for landowners and neighboring communities

“Our product helps meet the water handling requirements of shale producers in an all-around safe and reliable manner, from reducing the carbon footprint associated with saltwater disposal to creating less truck traffic and related emissions,” said Mike Zeglin, Performance Pipe’s general manager and president

At its core, the project provides a solution to the higher produced water temperatures associated with shale production in the Eagle Ford. Those often are in the 160- to 180-Fahrenheit degree range and corrode standard steel piping.

The first phase of the EVX Midstream Partners’ project will span 160 miles and has 30 miles of Performance Pipe’s Platinum Stripe®1800 Series PE-RT Piping currently in service. The product will be used for the entire project.