Aqua-Pure Ventures has installed a second Rover unit in the Eagle Ford through FQS Ventures, a joint venture between Aqua-Pure’s Fountain Quail Water Management subsidiary and Select Energy Services.
The installation was done for a large public independent customer. Aqua-Pure has a rolling three-month agreement with the customer, which is expected to extend through the end of 2015. The agreement includes an option to add a second Rover after the initial three-month period.
At the Eagle Ford site, the Rover will be receiving produced and flowback water at a processing rate of up to 8,000 to 10,000 barrels per day.
According to Richard Broderick of Fountain Quail Water Management and FQS Ventures, the Rover can process high volumes of flowback and produced water into clean brine for reuse in a broad range of fracking operations at approximately $1 per barrel. In addition, Rover deployment, set up and testing can be performed within a few days.
The company’s first Rover was dispatched in the Permian Basin April 1 and has been running continuously with negligible downtime.
The company also announced that it has received a 90-day extension to the six month drawdown of a $3 million, 5.12 percent, five-year secured loan agreement with the Agriculture Financial Services Corporation for the construction of additional Nomad and Rover units. Aqua-Pure has currently put $1.5 million of the loan to use in the construction of three Rover units, all to be completed in September.
Treatment of water produced from fracking has been a growing market in recent years.
Last year, Marathon Oil began using Omni Water Solution’s Hippo mobile water treatment unit in a water recycling pilot project to convert produced water into fresh water, clean brine and hydro-carbon streams.
In addition, researchers at the University of Texas at San Antonio and Southwest Research Institute announced last year that they were investing $200,000 in new research to develop a low-cost method to treat flow-back water following fracking.