When people imagine an environmentally-friendly future, they picture massive wind turbines spiraling peacefully in the wind, solar panels collecting near-endless sunshine, and dams wrangling the sheer power of the waterways. They don’t, however, imagine a natural gas processing plant or natural gas generators. If humanity is to ever realistically achieve a “green” future, they should.
Natural gas production has increased in years past, largely attributed to advancements in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing technologies. Natural gas is extracted as byproduct of oil production. Oil companies must make the decision of what to do with this byproduct. Flaring is a common practice in oil and gas fields because producers deem it easier to burn natural gas than to capture and sell it, largely due to lack of pipelines and the logistics and economics to transport it to market. However, the process of flaring the gas is an unproductive waste of resources and a significant source of carbon dioxide and methane emissions, or greenhouse gasses. In light of this, The World Bank is calling for “zero routine flaring” by 2030, which excludes non-routine flaring as well as flaring for safety reasons.
Operators can replace equipment that operate on diesel fuel, such as generators, compressors, lights and pumps with equipment that uses the gas that is typically flared into the atmosphere. This is especially economical in remote locations where the costs involved in purchasing and transporting diesel fuel are higher.
The environmental considerations in using natural gas-powered equipment are also favorable. Aside from reducing emissions from flaring, natural gas-powered equipment has emissions up to 95% less than diesel-powered equipment. Diesel emission regulations have also attributed to added costs associated with the manufacturing of diesel generators, which is passed on to the customer.
There are, of course other power options, such as wind and solar. However, these are dependent on the environment in which they operate, and capital costs associated with these are high. Limitations in power output also limit their application in the high horsepower needs for artificial lift options in today’s horizontal wells.
Natural gas generators are not without their limitations. Field gas can contain solids, water and/or non-hydrocarbons that can reduce generator power. A gas analysis will determine if the gas content is adequate to fuel the equipment or if a scrubbing system is needed to filter the impurities from the gas.
Light Tower Rentals and Solutions
Light Tower Rentals (LTR), a company that rents natural gas generators and other necessary equipment for well sites, is proud to be part of a forward-thinking future that’s cleaner and less expensive for all of its inhabitants. Its goals and philosophies have always focused around one mantra: “It’s About Solutions.”
LTR knows that it only makes sense to prioritize natural gas over other types of fuel; it is a normal byproduct of drilling that also makes for an ideal fit for fueling generators. It simply doesn’t require the stress and effort that diesel does. In comparison to diesel fuel, natural gas is the obvious energy resource of the future. LTR’s mission and service model lessens customer spending and environmental impact. It reduces energy and transportation cost while also eliminating trucking and storage fees associated with delivered fuel options.
LTR natural gas generators are equipped with scrubbing systems to filter field gas and have a dual fuel capability to automatically switch to propane in the event that there is an interruption in gas flow.
LTR generators are also equipped with the PowerTrack asset monitoring tool to track equipment performance and location, which is important in remote locations to proactively service and maintain equipment in order to optimize generator uptime.
For more information about Light Tower Rentals and its forward-thinking natural gas solutions, email email@example.com or download their guide to saving money on well operating costs using natural gas.