GreenHunter Buys 3 Marcellus/Utica Wastewater Injection Wells

GreenHunter Water has just purchased three currently operating wastewater injection wells in Ohio and Kentucky for $8.8 million that they will use to dispose of Marcellus and Utica Shale wastewater.

From the GreenHunter press release:

GreenHunter Energy, Inc., a diversified renewable energy company predominately focused on water resource management in the unconventional oil and gas shale resource plays, announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, GreenHunter Water, LLC, has closed on the acquisition of 100% of the ownership interest of three fully operational commercial salt water disposal (SWD) wells and associated facilities located in Washington County, Ohio and Lee County, Kentucky. The total purchase price for this acquisition was approximately $8.8 Million. The consideration paid included a combination of cash, GreenHunter Energy restricted stock, GreenHunter Energy perpetual preferred stock, and a promissory note due to the Seller.

The assets acquired also included a fleet of nine (9) water hauling vacuum trucks, and 37 frac tanks (500 barrel capacity each). Total current salt water disposal capacity is 9,000 barrels per day (BBL/D), of which 6,000 BBL/D is from two wells located in Ohio and approximately 3,000 BBL/D is from one well located in Kentucky. Due to the strong demand for SWD services in the Marcellus and the evolving Utica Shale plays, utilization rates at the Ohio facility have been at or near 100% capacity for the last several months. Nearly all of the daily capacity in Ohio has been reserved under multiple disposal capacity contracts with major oil & gas companies and large independents active in the region – these capacity contracts also typically contain rights for Hunter Disposal to provide fluid transportation trucking on a first-call basis. Management is presently exploring various options to increase usage at the Kentucky facility by leveraging a combination of truck hauling and barge logistics.

Annual revenues from this acquisition are currently estimated to be approximately $15 million including disposal, hauling and water tank rental. In addition to the current employees, GreenHunter anticipates the creation of up to 40 new service industry jobs. These jobs will be created through a growth plan which includes the expansion of its existing truck fleet, expansion of its Total Water Management Solutions™ services portfolio within the current customer base, and the expansion of the Company’s MAG Tank™, Frac-Cycle™ and RAMCAT™ product lines.

Commenting on the acquisition, Jonathan D. Hoopes, GreenHunter President and COO, stated, “We have been working on this transaction since April of last year. This acquisition accelerates our growth plan and puts us on track to achieve 12,500 BBL/D total injection capacity in the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays by the end of 2012. We look forward to integrating these newly acquired properties, personnel, and established customer relationships into our existing Appalachian operations. We plan to continue our expansion activities specifically in these fast growing unconventional resource plays and hope to announce new transactions in the Eagle Ford and Bakken regions in the near future.”*

*GreenHunter Energy (Feb 21, 2012) – GreenHunter Water Closes on Significant Acquisition of Appalachian Commercial Water Disposal Facilities