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More Microturbines Powering Shale Operations

Less than a month after receiving a 3 MW order from a large independent oil and gas company for deployment in the producer's acreage in the Eagle Ford Shale play in South Texas, Capstone Turbine Corp. said Thursday it has received a follow-on order from the same undisclosed company for six more C1000 Power Packages, accounting for an additional 6 MW.

Microturbine energy systems are finding increased demand from the oil and natural gas industry for deployment in shale development plays across the country, which are often situated in remote areas not easily supplied by the nation's electricity grid.

Capstone distributor Pumps & Service, which secured both orders, expects the customer will continue to order additional C1000 microturbines in 2011 as oil and gas development in the region expands.

The company has fielded eight orders over the last year to supply 28 microturbines -- ranging in size from 65 kW to 1 MW -- to large oil and gas companies operating in U.S. shale plays, a Capstone spokeswoman told NGI's Shale Daily. In addition to the Eagle Ford, the company currently has turbines located in the Marcellus Shale.

The six C1000s will provide 6 MW of power to central processing facilities and metering stations at remote well sites in the Eagle Ford Shale. The microturbines, fueled by pipeline-quality gas, will produce electricity to provide all power to the onsite equipment, including heaters, pump motors, circulation pumps and distribution panels.

"Sales of the C1000 are accelerating to companies in the oil and gas industry," said Jim Crouse, Capstone's executive vice president of sales and marketing.

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