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Oil pumps working under the sky

Powering a plant with its own natural gas

Client: HESS

Location: Williston Basin, North Dakota, USA

Sectors: Oil and Gas

The Challenge

Oil and gas exploration without grid power

For this remote North Dakota oil & gas processing plant, the prospect of getting utilities from the grid was still years away. To make matters worse, the plant was struggling to keep emissions from flaring within state regulations - and one of its motor control centers had a harmonic issue. Finding the reliable, year-round power source they badly needed was going to be tricky, but Aggreko and our team of experts were up to the challenge.

Project fact file

Generators 8 170kW
Uptime for 18 months 100%
Power requirement 24/7/365
“Our organisational depth meant we could provide all the necessary resources – Health, Safety and Environment (HSE), electrical design and project management – to ensure the system was reliable and met EPA standards.”

The Solution

A system fueled by the site’s own natural gas

Our engineering team worked closely with the site operators to identify, quantify and isolate the problem in the motor control center.

Additionally, our engineering team designed an ingenious system that provided 100% redundancy, producing 98.5% uptime while still reducing the flaring.

Our solution captured some of the natural gas that would have been flared and used it to fuel the generators that ran the site.

The Impact

Emission standards were met with significant reduction in fuel costs

We were the only vendors that could implement the project using several smaller Tier 4 generators, and all our diesel-fuelled generators meet EPA standards for reducing diesel particulate matter and nitrogen oxide (NOx). We set the operators up with a reliable system that allowed the customer to control the pumps remotely and make significant cost savings. The extra monitoring from our Louisiana control room gave the customer peace of mind that the pumping facility was always in good working condition.

Oil and gas in field.