GreenHunter Plans Pipeline
WHEELING – GreenHunter Resources, which plans to build a frack water recycling facility in Wheeling, announced it is partnering with a Michigan firm to build a pipeline system to transport freshwater, brine and hydrocarbons to the Ohio River through Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
However, it’s unclear whether the planned Wheeling facility is the destination point for the pipelines, as the company has only said it will be one of its barging terminals along the Ohio River. GreenHunter owns the former Seidler’s Oil Service property in Warwood – where it plans to build its new recycling plant – as well as a facility already operating along Ohio 7 in New Matamoras.
According to published reports, the company is not ready to disclose the location of the pipeline destination or of two points of receipt for fluids it has chosen in southwestern Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia. John Jack, vice president of business operations for GreenHunter, did not return a call seeking comment Thursday.
According to GreenHunter, the pipeline destination will also include a processing facility to split condensates into different quality products. The new processing plant for condensate is scheduled to be completed on or before the third quarter of 2016. When it announced it had acquired the Wheeling property in March 2013, the company described the planned facility as a one-stop shop for condensate handling and oilfield brine recycling, reuse and disposal.
According to Major Pipeline, GreenHunter’s partner in the venture, right-of-way acquisitions and surveying for the 105-mile project – known as the Eridanus Pipeline System – are underway, with construction expected to begin early next year. Plans call for three separate pipelines with a combined capacity of 270,000 barrels per day. Major Pipeline will own and build the system, but GreenHunter will have exclusive rights to use it.
GreenHunter anticipates the pipeline will be fully operational by the beginning of 2016.
GreenHunter officials said the pipeline system will make their operations more efficient by reducing the need to transport fluids to their facilities by truck.
“Not only will the reduction of long-hauling result in less wear and tear of the existing roadways, but a significantly reduced carbon footprint will result along with increased safety for everyone,” Jack said in a prepared release.
The company has said it expects about 30 trucks would arrive at the Wheeling site per day once it is operational.
GreenHunter officials said last month that although plans for the Warwood facility have been delayed as the company awaits word from the Coast Guard on whether it will permit the barging of frack waste on inland waterways, they remain enthusiastic about the project.
Site plans show the company wants to construct 23 separate 1,000-barrel tanks on the 2.35-acre site, some of which will hold clean rainwater, while others will hold reusable frack water, drilling waste fluid and flowback water.