Water recycler inks deal with XTO

Feb. 28—Infinity Water Solutions and XTO Energy announced a multi-year contract Tuesday to re-use and recycle substantial volumes of water in the Delaware Basin in New Mexico.

Expanding XTO's portfolio of water management initiatives in the Permian Basin, the agreement is intended to preserve millions of barrels of water while reducing downhole disposal, the companies said in a joint announcement.

"Our commitment to water stewardship is unwavering," said Infinity CEO Michael Dyson from Austin. "By alleviating the industry's need to depend on brackish water, Infinity is accelerating conservation rates and increasing New Mexico's water security, sustainability and resiliency, which is a vision we're materializing with each new contract."

Dyson said Infinity operates within a closed-loop water management system with 100 percent of the water gathered at its flagship Mills 1 Ranch, including XTO's produced water, being recycled and redistributed back into the oil and gas industry in New Mexico to avoid withdrawal from natural water resources.

"This collaborative work with Infinity is part of ExxonMobil's ongoing efforts to seek industry-leading performance on water management in the Permian, including a continued focus on increasing water recycling and sharing," said David Scott, general manager of ExxonMobil's Permian Basin Business Unit.

"As a leading operator in the Permian Basin, we are working to do our part and collaborating with others to help safeguard New Mexico and West Texas water sources," Scott said.

Infinity has gathered more than four million barrels of produced water and has successfully delivered similar volumes of recycled produced water back to a variety of major operators across the Permian, some up to 22 miles away from Infinity facilities, Dyson said.

"This is notable given the geography of the Permian Basin and it is a sizable demonstration of just how far the infrastructure network and demand for water sharing have come," he said.

Dyson said Infinity "is re-imagining the production process, book-ending the way water is managed on both the gathering and sourcing sides.

"Using its 360-degree, zero-liquid discharge approach, Infinity treats and reuses 100 percent of what it gathers, less evaporation," he said.

"It's common to tout capacity, but it is far more difficult to demonstrate delivery in a dynamic market.

"That's what makes this milestone so significant. We have meaningfully demonstrated on-demand reliability and we have consistently delivered water quality at the industrial volumes our customers need."

Since commissioning its flagship facility at Mills Ranch 1 in 2022, Infinity "has invested heavily in a robust water-sharing network covering more than 150,000 acres across Eddy and Lea Counties in New Mexico," Dyson said.

"Its current throughput capacity is more than 125,000 barrels per day and its staging inventory sits at just over three million barrels or 125 million gallons. To date, Infinity has treated more than four million barrels or 165 million gallons of water."