Capstone Turbine has announced an order for a microturbine to power a US oil and gas exploration project in the midwestern state of Ohio’s Utica Shale region.

The C600S microturbine is expected to be commissioned in October according to Capstone distributor E-Finity Distributed Generation, which secured the order.

The microturbine is planned to run on pipeline-quality natural gas and will be installed in stand-alone mode at a remote midstream natural gas compressor station in Monroe County, Ohio. It will provide three-phase power to the remote site while reducing the customer’s carbon footprint, Capstone said.

Darren Jamison, Capstone’s president and CEO, said: “The recovering crude oil market and our growing momentum in the energy efficiency or combined heat and power (CHP) market is driving new order bookings.”

In its first quarter financial results, the firm reported booking $35.9m in new product orders for the six months before June 30, compared with $20.4m in the preceding six months.

Jeff Beiter, managing partner at E-Finity Distributed Generation, added that the order “demonstrates that pipeline construction is going to start, allowing the abundant and clean-burning Appalachian natural gas to make its way into cities and communities, which will further enhance our ability to use our Capstone CHP and CCHP units for downstream businesses in the region.”