EQT, Green Field Power Marcellus Frack Job on 100% Natural Gas

Pittsburgh Business Times
16 September 2013
Malia Spencer, Reporter

When we first met Green Field Energy Services, they were shy about talking about who their major clients are in the Marcellus region. Now it appears that at least one is EQT Corp.

The two companies said Monday that Green Field had successfully completed multiple fracturing stages of an EQT (NYSE: EQT) well in the Marcellus. What makes this unique is how the well was fracked.

Instead of using traditional frack trucks — which are 18-wheelers outfitted with huge generators that run either on diesel or a blend of diesel and natural gas — to achieve the horsepower needed to stimulate a well, Green Field uses former military helicopter turbines to create the horsepower. By using the helicopter turbines, the job can be done entirely with natural gas from the field instead of blending it with diesel fuel that has to be trucked in.

Also with the helicopter turbines the job can be done with half the number of trucks.

“We are excited to be one of the first to utilize a technology that allows us to power our equipment from one of our producing natural gas wells,” said Steve Schlotterbeck, senior vice president and president of EQT exploration and production, in a written statement. “We’re continually exploring ways to minimize impact to the environment by making our operations cleaner, greener, and more efficient. By eliminating diesel and using 100 percent field gas, we’re able to reduce emissions of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and sulfur oxides; as well as decrease the amount of truck traffic on local roads.”
Since last year, EQT has commissioned four rigs to run on natural gas.

Malia Spencer covers energy and technology. Contact her at mspencer@bizjournals.com or 412-208-3829.