Baker Hughes switching from diesel to natgas turbines

Baker Hughes is in the process of switching to natural gas turbines to use their otherwise flared (wasted) natural gas to produce the electricity needed for their fracking pumps. 

The horrific amount of natural gas being wasted by industry is mentioned in the article. 

This is a big deal. They are one of the largest corporations in the oilfield services industry. 

https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Electric-Fracking-Could-Take-Over-The-Permian.html

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Ya' might know ... you can pipe NatGas into the air intake of a modern diesel generator. You'd crank it

on diesel fuel and then valve in the natgas until you get it to the desired load. Will run beautifully, with

the motor controller matching the load by throttling the liquid fuel .. Runs cleaner and cheaper than pure

liquid diesel.

 

 

 

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7 hours ago, PeterNaCl said:

Ya' might know ... you can pipe NatGas into the air intake of a modern diesel generator. You'd crank it

on diesel fuel and then valve in the natgas until you get it to the desired load. Will run beautifully, with

the motor controller matching the load by throttling the liquid fuel .. Runs cleaner and cheaper than pure

liquid diesel.

That can be done, but the effects on engine reliability and longevity are unknown.  I'd attempt something like this on a personal vehicle, but not on an expensive, commercial diesel that kept my entire operation going. 

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7 hours ago, PeterNaCl said:

Ya' might know ... you can pipe NatGas into the air intake of a modern diesel generator. You'd crank it

on diesel fuel and then valve in the natgas until you get it to the desired load. Will run beautifully, with

the motor controller matching the load by throttling the liquid fuel .. Runs cleaner and cheaper than pure

liquid diesel.

 

 

 

Thanks for the confirmation. I am no mechanic but realize that those who know what they are doing can use a little diesel to help the natural gas do most of the workload. 

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