Microturbine company Capstone Turbine’s (earlier post) sales to the oil and gas industry worldwide are at a record pace, according to Jim Crouse, Capstone’s Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Over the last few weeks the company has announced deals from new and existing customers that will use the microturbines in the Marcellus and Eagle Ford Shale plays in the US, and for use in Russia.
Capstone makes various sizes of microturbines: 30kW, 65kW, and 200kW. Products based on the 200kW turbine are also available in 600kW, 800kW, and 1MW configurations. The turbines can operate on a variety of fuels: low- or high-pressure natural gas; biogas (landfill, wastewater treatment centers, anaerobic); flare gas; diesel; propane; and kerosene.
The company recently received orders totaling 4.2 MW from multiple oil & gas producers operating in the Marcellus play, including a follow-on order from a large independent producer already operating a fleet of more than 50 Capstone microturbines.
The microturbines will be installed in early 2012 and used in prime power and combined heat and power (CHP) applications. In the CHP applications, the microturbines’ exhaust heat will be used for building and onsite fuel-gas heating.
Capstone Mid-Atlantic distributor E-Finity secured the orders from new and existing customers that will use the microturbines at remote locations throughout the Marcellus Shale. E-Finity has secured orders for more than 35 microturbines within the last six months in the Marcellus Shale alone.
The company subsequently received a 3 MW order from another oil & gas producer in the Eagle Ford shale play. This marked the fourth major independent oil & gas producer to buy the Capstone technology in the US shale market.
The three C1000s will provide 3MW of power to central processing facilities and metering stations at remote well sites in the Eagle Ford shale play. The microturbines, fueled by pipeline quality gas, will produce electricity to provide all power to the onsite equipment, including heaters, pump motors, circulation pumps and distribution panels.
Earlier, Capstone executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with BPC Engineering and Tatneft Oil to purchase 38 microturbines totaling 16.2 MW for multiple associated gas-to-energy projects in Tatarstan, Russia. In addition, the agreement includes an option for an additional 20 MW under the same terms and conditions if ordered by Tatneft before 31 December 2012.
Tatneft is a Russian vertically integrated oil and gas company with headquarters in the city of Almetyevsk, in the Republic of Tatarstan. Tatneft is the sixth largest oil company in Russia.
The MOU outlines the three party’s responsibilities, commitments, pricing and terms for the 16.2 MW of microturbines to be shipped over an expected two-year period and the option for the parties to add an additional 20 MW by the end of 2012. The agreement comes three months after the companies met with Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov who declared that Tatarstan’s oil companies and specifically Tatneft will be deploying Capstone microturbines and Capstone Organic Rankin Cycle (ORC) CC 125 machines for associated gas to energy projects.
The MOU also includes the purchase and installation of a pilot ORC CC125 to be installed in early 2012. The decision to deploy additional CC125 units will be determined after a full evaluation of the initial pilot installation.
Because our durable, clean-and-green microturbines use patented air bearing technology, operational costs can be significantly reduced. That’s a key reason Capstone microturbines are being adopted as the go-to power source for onshore and offshore oil and gas applications around the world.—Jim Crouse