Oilfield Technology

Are Electric frac fleets the future of frac? Maybe…

At least for some, the high cost of capital needed upfront in order to pay for these frac fleet is not worth the price. It’s only when Oil companies require the service companies have or use electric run frac fleets, will the big players invest the large amount needed to run Electric frac spreads.

Electric frac spreads are much quieter and don’t produce large amounts of diesel fumes that could one day harm the workers, Workers that need to work and be around the equipment on the daily bases.

 The downside is that they cost a lot more between 50% and 100% more to put together a fully electric frac fleet.

How about using cheap and clean-burning natural-gas?

Baker Hughes is using the Permian Basin in West Texas to test a fleet of new turbines that use excess natural gas from a drilling site to power hydraulic fracturing equipment — reducing flaring, carbon dioxide emissions, people and equipment in remote locations. Liberty Oilfield is already using frac fleets that can run on natural gas or diesel.

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