THE PROBLEM: FLARED ASSOCIATED GAS
One hundred and fifty billion cubic meters of “waste” gas are burned off every year throughout the world – enough gas to power the United States for 3 months. Even worse, the 390 million tonnes of carbon dioxide released while doing this is more than the reduction of CO2 emissions from many of the carbon offsetting projects of the Kyoto protocol.
In summary, the flaring and venting of natural gas is wasting valuable resources and contributing to climate change.
Gas flaring, or the open burning or venting of waste gas from oil and gas production facilities, is one of the hottest environmental issues in the United States and Western Canada. In Alberta in particular, hostility to the practice from farmers and ranchers has prompted reactions ranging from protest to industrial sabotage.
There are approximately 5,200 gas flares in Alberta, 1,000 in Saskatchewan, and large growing numbers in the US. Mounting evidence linking flaring to environmental and health problems, the flaring of gas has become a priority issue for oil and gas producers as well as governmental authorities.
Field gas is a composite gas that surfaces with oil well drilling activities. If the gases can be collected and scrubbed (cleaned and separated from each other and from impurities), then they become natural gas, propane, etc. If the gases can be transmitted economically to markets they then have significant economic value.
Many field gases are viewed as waste products with no economic value. The chemical mixture of field gases varies between sites. Raw field gases, however, are usually vented or burned in an open flare if it is not economic to collect, scrub, and transfer the gases to market. These flared gases produce over 25% carcinogenic emissions, and contribute heavily to global pollution and the “greenhouse gas effect.”
There are currently over 5200 sites in Alberta, and tens of thousands of sites worldwide, flaring gas in an environmentally harmful and wasteful way.
THE SOLUTION: SPECIALLY DESIGNED EQUIPMENT TO GENERATE ELECTRICITY
GEPC is an Alberta-based company formed to prove the feasibility of generation of electricity for sale by utilizing state-of-the-art process technology that uses fuel sources currently being flared by oil producers. Of particular importance is the fact that GEPC’s capability is proven on their “pilot project”; three successfully producing sites, outputting 455 kWh of electricity, have been operated by the firm for the past 6 years, generating roughly electricity without a single catastrophic failure or shut down.e.
Many field gases are viewed as waste products with no economic value. Market research has shown that there will be substantial business profits (and other economic benefits) in turning flare gas sites into electrical generation sites to sell electricity back to the grid. The power is sold back to the host site and any excess is sold into the grid. This process makes practical and beneficial use of an otherwise wasted resource that currently, and massively, pollutes the environment.
AGRI deploys different sized turbines per location, alone or in combination with each other, all as the local situation requires. This is then coupled to a control system. Each equipment configuration, or “Genset”, delivers optimum flexibility, maintenance, and cost effectiveness.