RMR features the latest high-point news to keep you to up to date with midstream activities happening in the basins and shale plays that matter to you most.
Here Comes the Sun
As many of the world’s oil and gas giants start to implement carbon-neutral plans by 2040, midstreamers also are integrating renewables to power remote operations, lower costs, and reduce their carbon footprint. Tulsa-based Williams has announced it will add solar power as an energy source to generate electricity at 48 sites in nine states. The company says solar, in addition to natural gas, will be used to power its processing plants, compressor stations and other midstream facilities in Ala., Colo., Ga., La., N.J., N.C., Ohio, Pa., and Va. Williams says the investment in on-site solar farms will offset the purchase of 350 megawatts of electricity.
Capstone Turbine Back to Work in the Permian Midstream
Calif.-based Capstone Turbine has received a follow-on order for more microturbines from one of the largest oil and gas midstream operators in North America. While its client wasn’t disclosed, Capstone says it will provide another three, stand-alone C65 microturbines for a remote site in the Permian. The company says six of 10 of its largest installed fleets worldwide are oil and gas customers that require reliable power generated by natural gas. To date, Capstone has shipped 10,000 units to 73 countries, saving its customers $253 million in annual energy costs and eliminating 350,000 tons of carbon.
Natural Gas Takes Lead in Energy Transition
The wave of LNG has spurred a natural gas revolution that’s nothing short of remarkable. As nations and developing countries retire coal for clean energy—especially in the global production of electricity—natural gas becomes the perfect partner with renewables like solar and wind power. The EIA has announced that renewable energy consumption now surpasses coal for the first time in more than 130 years. The International Gas Union describes natural gas as “an agent of change in the fight against air pollution,” continuing that gas provides the fastest and most economical path to a less carbon intensive and cleaner air world. The midstream sector plays a starring role in this transition to transport, process, and provide what’s become a dominant energy supply to power the world.