Capstone Turbine Corporation has received an order for two C600 microturbines to provide on-site power for an oil field project in Libya.

The diesel-fired microturbines will be installed in a standby power application and configured to back up critical loads, Capstone said. In the event of a power outage, the microturbines are expected to provide backup power to on-site water pumps and other oil and gas equipment. When needed, the power they generate will cover nearly all of the site’s energy needs.

The installation is expected to be commissioned late this year. 

Capstone said its microturbines are an ideal choice for high ambient temperatures and harsh remote environments.

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), recent growth in installed power capacity in Libya reflects economic growth and growing investment in the oil and natural gas sectors. However, despite this growth and a high electrification rate, Libyans still suffer from regular power outages.

Darren Jamison, Capstone’s president and CEO, said: ‘Africa provides considerable growth opportunities in traditional applications such as oil and gas, industrial CHP and biogas, and in remote microgrid applications that successfully operate in concert with wind, solar and storage technologies.’