PITTSBURGH and LAFAYETTE, La. – EQT Corp. and Green Field Energy Services Inc. Monday announced the successful completion of multiple fracturing stages using pumps powered by 100 percent “field” gas supplied directly from a nearby Marcellus natural gas well.
The hydraulic fracturing was conducted on a well operated by EQT Corporation and located in the Marcellus Shale of Pennsylvania.
“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 & Production.
“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.”
Rick Fontova, president of Green Field Energy Services, said Green Field’s turbine frac pump technology “is unique in that it is capable of running on 100 percent natural gas, where others require the use of diesel.”
Green Field, based in Lafayette, La., opened a district office in Monessen in June.
In 2012, EQT launched a pilot program to begin converting drilling rigs to natural gas, and has commissioned four to date. The first rig operates on liquefied natural gas, while the remaining three are powered by natural gas produced on site.
EQT is an integrated energy company with emphasis on Appalachian area natural gas production, gathering, transmission and distribution.