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BJ Services to expand use of natural gas-powered tech for frac crews

Tomball oil-field service company BJ Services plans to expand use of a cost-saving technology that can use natural gas produced at a remote drilling site to power hydraulic fracturing operations.

BJ Services and customer Dallas oil company Aethon Energy recently wrapped up a series of successful tests of the Titan at hydraulic fracturing sites in Haynesville Shale of East Texas, the companies said Thursday. BJ Services plans to deploy the natural gas-fired turbine and frac pump combo in the Permian Basin of West Texas and the Eagle Ford Shale of South Texas.

Touted as a replacement for diesel-powered frac pumps, the 5,000-horsepower Titan was designed to power hydraulic fracturing operations with lower greenhouse gas emissions, lower maintenance costs, improved mobility and less noise.

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Most of the BJ Services hydraulic fracturing fleet runs diesel but the company’s CEO Warren Zemlak said the Titan is a step toward cleaner and more profitable operations.

“The successful field trial confirms our decision to deploy our first contracted Titan fleet by the end of 2020 and initiates our long-term disciplined fleet enhancement strategy,” Zemlak said.

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2020-06-05 21:53:51

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