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California Oil & Gas Producer Orders First C1000

Posted on February 27, 2012

Capstone Turbine Corp., manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, has received an order for the first C1000 power package from an oil & gas producer in Southern California, U.S.A.

The C1000, sold by Capstone distributor Regatta Solutions, based in San Juan Capistrano, California, U.S.A., will be commissioned this spring in a combined heat and power (CHP) application to save operating and maintenance costs and avoid flaring.

Rather than flare the waste gas, a byproduct from the drilling process, the C1000 will use the associated gas as fuel to generate low-emission electricity onsite to power the plant’s pumps and infrastructure systems, Capstone said. The microturbine exhaust will heat water for the free-water knockout process – or three phase separator process – to separate gas, oil and water.

“Nearly 150 billion cubic meters of natural gas are flared in the atmosphere annually,” said Jim Crouse, Capstone’s executive vice president of Sales and Marketing. “Flaring is a waste of natural resources and creates 400 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent global greenhouse gas emissions. Capstone microturbines use associated gas to generate low-emission power, which eradicates flaring and enables producers to utilize otherwise wasted gas for production.”

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