Capstones Cut Flares on California Coast

August 10, 2016 in CHP/combined heat & power, E&P Operations by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Gas-Fired 1.6 Megawatts for an Oil and Gas Platform’s
CHP Application Will Help Reduce Flaring, Capstone Says

Capstone Turbine said today that it has an order for a C1000 Signature microturbine and a C600 Signature unit, gas-powered, to produce 1.6-mergawatts of power on an oil and gas platform off the coast of California.

Capstone C1000S and C600S will be used for a 1.6-megawatt installation on an offshore California oil rig.

Capstone C1000S and C600S microturbines sold by Regatta Solutions will be used for a 1.6-megawatt installation on an offshore California oil rig.

The turbines are expected to be commissioned in December. Capstone distributor Regatta Solutions secured the order.

The unnamed customer “chose Capstone microturbines for their price performance, proven reliability and experience in difficult offshore platform environments,” the manufacturer said. Capstone says that the equipment meets local AQMD/South Coast Air Quality Management District BACT (Best Available Control Technology) emissions level requirements, helping streamline the air emissions permitting process.

Reduced Flaring

“This order is reflective of the efficiency optimization initiatives we are starting to see from our oil and gas clients who are focused on reducing their operations costs while simultaneously protecting the environment,” Regatta president and CEO Steven Acevedo says in the Capstone announcement.

The gas-fueled C1000S and C600S microturbines will be installed in a combined heat and power (CHP) application. They will be powered by an onsite associated gas stream “to relieve the flaring requirement for the platform,” Captone says.

The Slump Nothwithstanding…

“Hot water, produced from the microturbine exhaust, will provide heating for the production process to reduce additional energy needs. The microturbines will provide power to site loads, lowering operating costs for the end customer.”

The unnamed customer on the California coast ‘chose Capstone microturbines for their price performance, proven reliability and experience in difficult offshore platform environments,’ the manufacturer says.

The unnamed customer on the California coast ‘chose Capstone microturbines for their price performance, proven reliability and experience in difficult offshore platform environments,’ the manufacturer says.

“Despite the prolonged two-year slump in the energy industry, oil and gas producers are starting to look for creative ways to reduce their operational costs and meet increasingly stringent flaring requirements,” said Capstone president and CEO Darren Jamison. This, he said, “is positive for our business.”

China and Europe Too

“Capstone is able to leverage its demonstrated success in the oil and gas market and deliver low-cost, highly reliable energy solutions to oil and gas operations around the world,” he Jamison.

Regatta Solutions is a Capstone Turbine distributor based in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

Regatta Solutions is a Capstone Turbine distributor based in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

Logan Allen is oil and gas practice principal at Regatta Solutions.

Capstone also this month reported the sale of a gas-fired C600 Signature Series microturbine for a microgrid project in Beijing through distributor Beijing Haohai Power, and certification of its C65 microturbine to European medium voltage grid interconnection standards.

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