In North Dakota, the hunt for more oil has produced surplus gas. Natural gas is burned off, or ‘flared’ where there are no – or overloaded – pipelines. As of 2014, there were nearly 11,000 producing wells in North Dakota, with an alarming amount of flaring going on. Hess Corporation among many developers in the Bakken, faced strict regulations to reduce emissions by limiting the flaring of excess gas from their project sites.
Hess along with Gulf Coast Green Energy, Houston Advanced Research Center and Environmentally Friendly Drilling have worked together on a solution to capture the excess flared gas and generate electricity with it. To do so, a Power+ generator was installed – and studies have shown that emissions are lowered when the Power+ generator is online.
For more information – you can watch this video
and attend SMU’s Power Plays Conference, April 25 -26, 2016 for a full update of the project success.
Source and project leads:
- Loy Sneary – Gulf Coast Green Energy
- Bernard Groce – Hess Corporation
- Satish Ravindran – HARC