Antero to build 60,000 barrel per day water treatment facility


Antero Resources Corporation has signed a contract with Veolia Water Technologies and Veolia North America (Veolia) to design and build a wastewater treatment complex in Doddridge County, West Virginia.

Antero will own the treatment assets including any ancillary facilities.

The wastewater treatment complex includes an initially designed 60,000 barrel per day facility that will allow Antero to treat and reuse flowback and produced water rather than permanently dispose of the water in injection wells.

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.

Veolia will design, build, operate and maintain a 60,000 barrel per day advanced wastewater treatment facility.

Antero advanced wastewater treatment facility will incorporate Veolia’s proprietary AnoxKaldnes MBBR biological treatment and its CoLD Process, an advanced evaporation and crystallization technology.

Antero will own the $275 million treatment complex, which is expected to take two years to build, and generate on a standalone basis $55 million to $65 million of EBITDA at full utilization three years following the in service date

Complex will allow Antero to treat and reuse flowback and produced water rather than permanently dispose of the water in injection wells

The wastewater treatment facility will save Antero approximately $150,000 per well on future completion costs, the company said.

Veolia has agreed to build the complex under a turnkey contract and will operate it under a 10-year agreement.

The treatment facility is expected to be in service by the end of 2017, pending finalization of project logistics including regulatory permitting and construction.

West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said Antero’s project in Doddridge County is good for the environment and good for West Virginia’s economy.

“This is a substantial capital investment that will create construction and long term operating jobs while also reducing the amount of fresh water that Antero withdraws from state waterways,” the Governor said.

Capital investment for the advanced wastewater treatment complex is estimated to be $275 million, which includes site preparation and construction, byproducts processing equipment and five miles of water pipeline that will connect the Antero treatment facility to its existing fresh water distribution system.

Edited by Rajani Baburajan