Microturbines take their place at shale gas ‘plays’ in the US

Capstone Turbine Corporation has received an order for 24 additional C65 microturbines for installation by one of the world’s largest independent oil and natural gas companies at its shale gas exploration sites in the US.

This order follows an 18-unit C65 order received in August 2010 ” all 18 of which have been successfully commissioned by Capstone distributor Pumps & Service.

Pumps & Service has received approximately 12.5 MW of new orders over the past nine months from three major oil and gas companies exploring large shale reserves ” or plays ” in the country.
The latest order, for 24 low-emission C65 microturbines will provide prime power to central processing facilities and metering stations at remote well sites in the Eagle Ford shale play in South Texas, which is expected to emerge as a major oil and gas reserve over the next decade.

The US shale gas market is expected to grow substantially, particularly since the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Act has strict requirements for emissions levels at natural gas sites, says Capstone.

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