A statewide flaring mandate took effect on October 1st of 2014, which requires companies to capture a certain amount of their natural gas byproduct on-site per month or lower their production amounts. The state of North Dakota hopes to reduce its flaring rate by 10 percent in the next three years. Each company is applying different approaches for how they are going to reduce the amount of natural gas they burn off. Hess, one of the largest producing companies in the Bakken area, is using mobile gas capture technology developed by Gtuit. Gtuit, a mobile natural gas capture service company based out of the Bakken area, is an up-and-coming company in the region and was founded in 2011. The system mounts onto a trailer that attaches to an 18-wheeler and is able to move from well site to well site over the course of less than 24 hours. According to Oil and Gas Journal, the system can withstand temperatures as low as -40 degrees F and wind chills of -60 degrees F. The system can adapt to multi-pad sites. Hess currently has 5-10 units working on its well sites in the area.
The typical cost for a Gtuit unit and service is somewhere between $45,000-60,000/month. Following the flaring mandate’s implementation in October Gtuit now processes over 3 million gal of Bakken natural gas liquid. GE Oil & Gas also offers a mobile-capture unit, CNG in a Box, which was tested by Statoil earlier this year.