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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Halliburton Uses Clean Burning Natural Gas to Power a Fracturing Fleet

Are we finding more uses for natural gas in this country. It seems to be taking forever but if you look hard enough it's happening. COT Fund favorite for 2013, Halliburton, is promoting the use of nat gas even if they have to use it themselves....

Halliburton (NYSE: HAL), Apache Corporation and Caterpillar have developed innovative dual fuel technology capable of safely and efficiently powering the pumping equipment used for fracturing treatments with a mixture of natural gas and diesel. With 12 pumps (24,000 horsepower), this is one of the largest scale dual fuel projects ever conducted in the oil and gas industry.

G. Steven Farris, Chairman and CEO of Apache and the Chairman of America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), encouraged Apache and the industry to increase the use of natural gas as a fuel for engines. In response, Halliburton developed a technical solution for converting the pumping equipment used at a typical large scale fracturing spread to a dual fuel system including natural gas. One that would be more efficient and cleaner burning than using diesel alone.

Halliburton and its supplier, Caterpillar, teamed up to convert the company’s new Q-10 pumps to dual fuel with a technology that would safely and efficiently accommodate high quality liquefied or compressed natural gas. Collaborating closely with Halliburton and Apache to cover a wide range of performance, environmental and efficiency criteria, Caterpillar adapted its proprietary Dynamic Gas Blending (DGB) engine technology to power Halliburton’s massive pumps.

“We anticipate that in the not so distant future, these DGB engines can be easily retrofitted to efficiently burn available on site conditioned field gas, thereby saving operators additional fuel transport costs,” said Marc Edwards, Senior Vice President of Halliburton’s Completion and Production Division.

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