As the reality of America’s natural gas age comes into view, it seems fitting that more of the equipment used to free that gas will also be powered by it. As a cleaner fuel, natural gas offers the promise of reducing emissions, site footprint and cost.
Operators and service companies are seeking answers even as the questions change. The solutions for the near term may not be the best fit with the ultimate vision of all-gas power for drilling and hydraulic fracturing. Understanding the state of development for these technologies can inform decisions about investment in the near and longer term.
Together with our partners in industry and academia, EFD is exploring the important issues around natural gas fuel. Technologies that will advance dual-fuel diesels and deliver turbine-electric power are being configured and deployed in new ways to make natural gas the fuel of choice for shale development. Purveyors of equipment are innovating to improve and adapt their technologies.
A series of white papers is being developed. Topics will include: Basics, Dual Fuel and Bi-fuel, Turbine Power, Natural Gas Fueling, LNG, CNG, Field/Wellhead Gas, Cost, Electrification, Regulatory Issues:
Natural Gas - The Basics
Diesel Displacement / Dual Fuel & Bi-Fuel
HARC-EFD researchers recently completed a project for an operator focusing upon engine emissions on an active drilling site. Bringing HARC's engine science capabilities to the oilfield necessitated development of an intrinsically safe instrumentation package, suitable for use in a Class I Division 2 Hazardous Environment where hydrocarbon gases may be present. To do this, the team developed the EFD iBox.
The iBox instrumentation system facilitates safe and expedient execution of engine emissions measurements in the field. It is a self-contained, purged enclosure that houses an MKS Multi-Gas Analyzer, an AVL Soot Sensor, and other electronic components. We designed, constructed and certified this enclosure in response to industry sponsors' requests to ensure that the instrumentation was suitable for use at any drilling or hydraulic fracturing location. We know of no other equipment like what we have developed.
For more information contact:
Carolyn LaFleur, clafleur@HARCResearch.org, 281-364-6047