Hoses offer an efficient way to transport water to hydraulic fracturing sites


MBI Energy Service has implemented a new way to transport water to it’s hydraulic fracturing sites, that is both more efficient and safer

Over the past few years MBI Energy Services has installed 35 miles of Lay Flat Hose to transport water to its service areas.

“The fracing business uses a lot of water, so the need for water on the well sites is important,” said Jeff Kostelecky, VP Water Transfer For MBI Energy Services.

The hoses are efficient.

“A day. . .  we can get about 90 barrels a minute through this ten inch line. We have had jobs where we push 60 to 70,000 barrels a day,” said Ben Stenberg, Field Supervisor for MBI Energy Services.

They are also a lot safer than using aluminum pipes to transfer water.

“As you can see with the terrain, it rides the terrain a lot better. With the hard line (aluminum pipes) you have a straight stick of line  . . . it doesn’t flex at all,” said Stenberg.

The main road in and out of Downtown Killdeer gets a lot traffic during the course of the day. In fact, there is a school just up the street, and one of the good thing about MBI using the Lay Flat Hoses is that it offers them another option to hauling water other than frac trucks.

“Oh its constant. Even with the bypass being built. We would here the truck traffic going by our window,” said Janet Wanek.

Wanek also said reducing truck traffic is good for the area.

“Anytime you can have less truck traffic going through town, It is a great thing for those kids who have to walk back and forth across the street”.

Stenberg said the hours it takes to haul water to a site by truck can be done in a blink of an eye with the hoses.

“We can have that same volume of water there in two minutes”.

Officails with MBI said the hoses hold up suprisingly well in the winter, and they plan on adding an additional 17 miles of hose in the Killdeer area in the upcoming future.

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