How to Reduce Oil and Gas Exploration Costs with Portable Power
With the instability of oil prices, it is critical to control operating costs. Put your power generation needs in the hands of experts, instead of equipment rental companies or rural co-ops.
With the growth of the unconventional oil and gas industry in the United States, Canada and abroad comes the need for electrical power to supply this industry’s machinery and equipment. The exploration areas for this industry are often in remote regions, such as the Bakken, Niobrara, parts of Eagle Ford and parts of Permian, that lack the infrastructure of roads, communication lines and, most importantly, electricity to support the logistics of such operations.
In most of these locations, utility companies or cooperative (co-op) electric companies provide what power is available to the existing infrastructure. Unfortunately for the existing utility providers, supply of power and transmission and distribution (T&D) cannot keep up with the rapid growth and demand for power.
The Common, But Inefficient, Quick Solution
The reactive response is to support the electrical needs in the fields with individual load supply generators, which are either purchased or rented through equipment supply companies. These units are highly localized and provide the necessary power to feed a specific load such as a pump jack, submersible pump, well pad or a drilling or fracking operation.
Because many remote area fields are developed quickly, it is necessary to obtain available power generation equipment on short notice. However, these generators (or gen sets) can be expensive to procure, maintain and fuel.
Today, when the unconventional oil and gas industry is awash with competition and the price or product is at an all-time low, it is critical to lower operation costs through cost-effective power generation solutions.
Finding a Cost-Effective Solution with Power Generation Experts
Unconventional oil and gas companies often lack the resources and technical expertise to determine the most cost-effective way to provide power in the fields, and local utilities and co-ops are limited in their generation capacity and T&D network.
The best solution, both short-term and long-term, is to utilize power generation companies with expertise in providing power systems for any situation.
Power generation experts help deliver the best solution for your total power requirements and needs, based on your provided information:
- Determined total load of your field
- Determined total area of your field
- Identified available fuel source
In most instances, there is an abundant fuel supply in your field, as a product or byproduct of exploration. In areas where the natural gas is harvested and transported, an existing fuel supply pipeline is available to provide fuel to local generation. In cases where gas is untreated, unharvested and/or being flared, state-of-the-art gas treatment technology is available to make this gas suitable to burn in utility type generators.
Installing a Power Generation and Distribution System with Proven Technology
With portable and mobile gas turbine generators, the load of an entire field or section can be powered utilizing your wellhead or pipeline gas as the fuel source. A local T&D system can be erected, either temporarily or permanently, and can be energized by the gas turbine generators. When this local grid is established, it can be powered indefinitely by the gas turbines or, eventually, back fed by the local utility once the high voltage transmission system is established in the area.
In most cases, the cost per kilowatt is significantly lower than traditional diesel gen sets and competitive compared to the price for power from a local utility over a longer period. Payment options for localized gas turbine power systems include purchasing, leasing or contracting to accommodate the best option for your project.
Although new technologies such as dual fuel gas or diesel gen sets, micro-turbines, battery/diesel/solar hybrid gen sets, and more attempt to answer the power generation dilemma, portable and mobile gas turbines remain the time-tested, reliable solution.
The use of gas turbine engines for power generation is now responsible for over 30 percent of the electricity being produced in the United States. This is standard industrial gas turbine technology, which has proven upward of 98 percent availability on natural gas, base-loaded application for decades. Small to mid-sized gas turbines are ideal for this application and have logged millions of operating hours of electrical generation.
Gas turbine generators can help solve your electrical power generation needs, provide a solution to your flare gas problem and can operate within air quality requirements in your area.
Providing Expert Gas Turbine Power Generation for More than 30 Years
Turbine Technology Services Corporation provides gas turbine technology expertise and turbine engineering and construction services worldwide to help you find the most cost effective solution for your remote area power generation needs. Our company has over 30 years of experience, technical solutions and numerous gas turbine installations, portable and mobile gas turbine installations, modernization projects and more.
For more information about portable power solutions for remote locations from Turbine Technology Services, contact us today.