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Canadian company fuels fracking with LNG

30th November 2012

Ferus successfully fuels well stimulation project in Eagle Ford Shale using LNG

Canadian company fuels fracking with LNG
The project involved six dual-fuel 2,250 horsepower LNG-run pressure pumper units to stimulate well performance in the south Texas Eagle Ford Shale. Copyright: Nicholas A. Toneli

A Canadian based energy services company has announced the successful completion of a hydraulic fracturing operation in the US’ Eagle Ford Formation using liquefied natural gas (LNG) as an engine fuel.

The LNG arm of Denver-based Ferus was engaged by a major oil and gas service company in the US to conduct the pilot project in October 2012, the company said in a written statement on Wednesday. The project involved six dual-fuel 2,250 horsepower LNG-run pressure pumper units to stimulate well performance in the south Texas Eagle Ford Shale.

“LNG offers significant environmental and cost-saving advantages and is quickly becoming the alternative fuel of choice for heavy-duty high horsepower on-road and off-road applications in North America,” said Dick Brown, president and CEO of Ferus. “We were very pleased to play such a critical role in this ground-breaking project, and we intend to be at the forefront of this growing industry as more and more diesel consumers make the switch to North America’s abundant supply of natural gas.”

Substituting diesel fuel with natural gas to power rigs and drilling units operating in the US’ shale hotspots is becoming an increasingly prevalent trend, as the resource proves to be a cleaner and more environmentally sustainable alternative. Ferus’ announcement follows similar moves by oilfield services firm Baker Hughes and several oil and gas companies exploring the unconventional resources of the US’ Marcellus Shale.

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