Statoil North America Inc. is at the forefront of efforts to reduce flaring in the Bakken shale in North Dakota, pilot-testing a mobile system that converts associated gas into CNG at the wellsite.
The system, called the Last Mile Fueling Solution, uses a device the size of a standard 8 ft-by-20 ft shipping container to compress associated gas.
“We were trying to come up with a system that would allow us to go where the flaring problem is,” said Statoil Regional Manager Lance Langford. The system was the result of a collaborative effort with GE Oil & Gas Inc., and Ferus Inc.
CNG from Statoil’s system can be dispensed on location or loaded onto tube trailers, owned by Ferus, and trucked to Statoil operations elsewhere. “Now we can get gas to wherever our equipment is Basically, when we get up and running full-scale, we'll be able to supply gas reliably to all of our rigs no matter where they are,” Langford told UOGR.
Pipeline and energy services group WBI Energy is in the early stages of planning a natural gas pipeline in the Bakkena project that would ease the capacity constraints that contribute to flaring.
The Dakota Pipeline is slated to have an initial capacity of 400 MMcfd, expandable to 500 MMcfd. The line would extend 375 miles from western North Dakota to northwestern Minnesota. In the east, it may tie into TransCanada Corp.’s Northern Border pipeline. In the west, it may link with TransCanada Corp’s Great Lakes Gas Transmission line and ONEOK Partners LP’s Viking Gas Transmission lines, granting Bakken gas producers access to eastern Canada and the US Midwest (See figure).
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