October 2015 – A U.S. producer – ranked among the Top 5 on the 2015 Forbes 100 – has joined a string of oil and gas companies to install Capstone microturbines that average 99 percent power availability and yield extremely low emissions (less than 9 ppm NOx).
The producer, working with Capstone distributor Horizon Power Systems, recently deployed nearly two megawatts of microturbine power at a remote, unmanned wellsite in the Permian Basin. One megawatt is used for standby power and 800-kilowatts to power an electrical submersible pump. Since their recent start-up the microturbines have operated flawlessly.
This is the latest in recent orders for Capstone microturbines from Horizon. In South Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale Play, microturbine power from Horizon reached 59 megawatts after a recent follow-on order for two Capstone C1000 microturbines from another large producer.
“With the drop in energy prices, gas producers are determined to increase efficiency and lower operating costs,” said Sam Henry, President, Horizon Power Systems. “They continue to select Capstone microturbines because of their efficiency and low life cycle costs, when compared to gensets.”
Total cost of ownership for a conventional reciprocating engine, for example, is often significantly higher than a microturbine’s. A reciprocating engine’s monthly oil changes plus labor and travel costs, repairs when parts fail, diesel fuel to truck in, utility and permitting fees, and, most importantly, huge losses from a shutdown add up to higher long-term costs.
About Capstone Microturbines
• Jet engine technology with one moving part, air-bearing technology and no lubricants or coolants.
• Simple design means significantly less scheduled maintenance and much lower maintenance costs than traditional power systems.
• Thousands installed at manned and unmanned well sites, gas processing facilities, compressor stations and other on- and off-shore facilities.
• Fueled by pipeline quality natural gas.
• Near non-stop runtime (99 percent availability average) means increased production, fewer power interruptions from maintenance downtime and lower utility bills.
• Meets or exceeds most stringent air-quality and emission standards. EPA strongly supports installation of low emission natural gas microturbine power plants.
• No need for access to utility grid.