Sunset Over Petra Nova

Sunset Over Petra Nova

In hindsight, the $1 billion Petra Nova project seemed like a win-win: Create the world’s largest carbon capture facility next to one of the biggest power plants in Texas operating four coal-fired and four gas-powered units. Capture more than 90% of carbon dioxide from emissions produced in just one coal-fired unit. Pipeline the captured CO2 80 miles to an oilfield and boost production from 300 BPD to 4,000 BPD. What could possibly go wrong? Unfortunately for Houston-based NRG Energy, practically everything. After little more than three years, Petra Nova has been sunsetted indefinitely. When the plant worked, according to supporters, it worked as it was designed. But soon, mechanical problems and outages left it operational only one day in three. In the first few months this year, Petra Nova was operating at little more than 45.9% of capacity. Worse, the pandemic helped tank oil prices, demand, and crude oil output. Huge financial losses quickly followed. Petra Nova now has quietly suspended operations at the W.A. Parish Generating Station and lives to see another day when economic conditions improve

NRG Energy

NRG Energy, Inc. is a large American energy company, dual-headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey and Houston, Texas. It was formerly the wholesale arm of Northern States Power Company, which became Xcel Energy, but became independent in 2000. NRG Energy is involved in energy generation and retail electricity.

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A New Power Player Has Big Plans for New Mexico

A New Power Player Has Big Plans for New Mexico

Let’s say your hometown of 45,000 has a 45-year-old coal-fired power plant—one of about 240 left in the U.S. The coal mine that feeds the plant lies practically next door. Both the plant and coal mine employ more than 1,500 in your community. But earlier this year, the state passed legislation to decarbonize its electrical grid by 2030. The San Juan Generating Station, one of two massive coal-fired power plants in Farmington, N.M., will be the first shuttered in 2022 to be replaced with a new station fired by natural gas, solar, and batteries. That was the initial plan anyway, and one that left local leaders with their hair on fire in a town where coal plays a huge part in the economy amid a dwindling population. Enter Enchant Energy, a Farmington-based, carbon-capture company now offering another solution. Working with city officials and Public Service Co. of N.M., Enchant wants to buy and retrofit the plant with new technology that would make this carbon-capture project the largest of its kind in the world and solidify commercial viability for global implementation. Cost to N.M. taxpayers?  $2.8 billion over 10 years.

Enchant Energy

Enchant Energy is a New Mexico company that seeks to capture CO2 for sequestration purposes and electricity production by investing in state-of-the-art environmental technology at San Juan Generating Station. These activities are intentionally designed to further New Mexico’s dual goals of substantially reducing its statewide CO2 output, and supporting New Mexico’s economy by employing hundreds of people in San Juan County and on the Navajo Nation by providing reliable, low-cost and extremely low-emission wholesale electricity.

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DOE Sets Aside $33 Million to Rehab Old Gas Pipelines

DOE Sets Aside $33 Million to Rehab Old Gas Pipelines

​At least 10 of the nation’s natural gas utilities are about to receive a long overdue overhaul of its pipeline distribution systems. The Dept. of Energy announced last February that it had earmarked funds to rehabilitate natural gas pipelines originally constructed in the 1800s with cast iron, and later in the 1930s with wrought iron—both of which have become a contentious source of leaks and failures. But hey, it’s only been 90 to 220 years. What do you expect from a great-great-great grandparent pulling hard overtime?

Nevertheless, the legacy pipes identified comprise 3% of the nearly two million miles of utility pipelines in operation today, and the time arrived earlier this year to create a new government program cleverly coined REPAIR (Rapid Encapsulation of Pipelines Avoiding Intensive Replacement) to rehab those transmission soldiers of a certain age. Now, with $33 million in hand, The REPAIR initiative is ready to rock and roll, and will include the addition of “smart” coatings to line the inside of the identified pipelines using 3D mapping tools and robotic tools—essentially creating new pipe inside the aged pipe. The coating technology is expected to have a minimum lifespan of 50 years, even if the outer pipe eventually succumbs (which of course it will).  As a comparison, the DOE says excavation and complete replacement of the original pipelines would otherwise cost up to $10 million per mile.

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Next-Gen Oil and Gas World: It’s All About Technology, Part 1

Next-Gen Oil and Gas World: It’s All About Technology, Part 1

Technology might be a loathsome word for many in the oil and gas space. It envisions headache-inducing change from what has been accustomed to vs what is needed and required, and costly adaptation in a cyclical industry whose health is downright poor right now. But let’s not forget that technology is the one constant that continues to transform oil and gas production, transportation, processing, refining, and most recently exportation to nations around the globe that depend on oil and gas to fuel their economies.

Flogistix

Flogistix is an oil and gas technology company that utilizes a petroleum engineered approach to help customers with their wellhead compression, vapor recovery, and gas lift needs. Our industry leading control panel, the “Logix PLC”, monitors all compressor functions resulting in total control to maximize your resources. Flogistix optimizes your existing production resulting in increased cash flow, more proven reserves, and providing a new revenue stream by capturing high BTU gas through our vapor recovery system.

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In this first segment of Next-Gen Oil and Gas World, RMR looks at the new technologies bringing revolutionary solutions to today’s industry in a time of transition, the Clean Air Act, and new, stringent statewide mandates to reduce fossil fuels emissions. Between upstream production and midstream gathering, transport, and processing—and the need to stimulate production while lowering emissions—technology once again rises to the top to provide operators new means to operate more productively and cleaner in a next-gen oil and gas world.

Leveraging its screw compressor and PLC technology with vapor recovery, Okla. City-based Flogistix is all about better managing wells to boost more gas production, recoup lost revenues from flaring, and capture methane emissions. The company’s Multi-Stream Compressor System is a single compressor that offers vapor recovery, wellhead compression, casing drawdown, and flash gas production. All of which enables producers to target and control multiple sources of gas at various pressures and monitor those pressures in ounces and pounds. Its vapor recovery units put an end to venting and flaring by capturing emissions up to 1.2 MMCFD with an electric unit that produces zero emissions. With more than 8,000 wellhead compressors in service, this is a technology worth looking into.

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