Water Woes Could be a Boon for Pipeline Companies

Water Woes Could be a Boon for Pipeline Companies
Thanks to booming US oil production, pipeline operators may be in the best position to expand into the water-handling business.

(Bloomberg) -- For companies that haul oil and natural gas, the next big thing may be dirty water, according to Jefferies Group LLC.

As booming U.S. oil production unleashes a torrent of contaminated water that rises to the surface with crude, pipeline operators may be in the best position to harness those flows and expand into the water-handling business, said Peter Bowden, Jefferies’ global head of energy investment banking.

In the Permian Basin alone, the combination of saltwater from wells and water used in the fracking process is expected to be three times larger than crude output by 2023, according to Jefferies. Pipeline owners already are adept at transporting oil and gas, so adding water to their portfolios may be a logical next step, Bowden said Friday at an Oilfield Water Connection conference in Houston.

“Water is going to offer them more growth than their core business,” he said. “There’s a case that the public midstream companies should be doing all three streams everywhere they can.”

There have been more than $2.5 billion of Permian-focused water deals so far this year, according to Gabe Collins, a fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute. Many of the transactions have involved private-equity firms, he said during the same conference.

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Robert Parisi  |  June 26, 2019
H2O Ute's: Opportunity Another opportunity for WTR who are acquiring Peoples Natural Gas plus AWK & AWR who already have experience in the sector. They call it a "Defensive Sector" for a good reason.