Oil and gas independent Antero Resources has contracted with Veolia Water Technologies to design-build a $275 million wastewater treatment complex in Doddridge County, West Virginia.
The complex includes a 60,000 barrel per day (BPD) facility that will allow Antero to treat and reuse flowback and produced water rather than permanently dispose of the water via injection wells, Kallanish understands.
Denver, Colorado-based Antero will own the treatment assets including ancillary facilities. The complex will be centrally located in Antero’s footprint in the southwestern core of the Marcellus Shale play with the ability to serve the company’s development in both the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays.
One of the largest players in the Marcellus and Utica, Antero owns roughly 410,000 acres in the Marcellus in northern West Virginia/southwesten Pennsylvania. In the Utica, Antero owns more than 149,000 acres in eastern Ohio.
“Our concentrated acreage position in the core of the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays has enabled Antero to build the largest freshwater delivery pipeline system in the industry, and we will now build the largest advanced wastewater treatment complex in Appalachia,” said Paul Rady, Antero’s CEO.
Veolia will design, build, operate and maintain the wastewater treatment complex under a turnkey contract. “This project shows environmental stewardship can result in economic advantages, while maintaining high standards for social responsibility using unique technologies and operational services that provide a reliable and sustainable solution for flowback and produced water treatment,” said Klaus Andersen, CEO of Veolia Water Technologies.
Antero projects the complex will save the company roughly $150,000 per well on future completion costs when it comes online at the end of 2017.
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