Privately held Green Energy Oilfield Services LLC has turned to liquefied natural gas (LNG) to power its trucking fleet that hauls liquid wastes from oil and natural gas drilling operations in the Freestone Trend in central-northeast Texas.
Touting the project for creating 150 jobs and generating an additional $24 million in annual revenues, Fairfield, TX-based Green Energy has partnered with other Texas companies to build a 14,000-square-foot maintenance and office facility from which the LNG trucking operations will be managed, according to COO Roger Nevill, who told NGI Monday that his company plans to duplicate the LNG fleet in its operations in other oil/gas basins in the future.
Seal Beach, CA-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp. will supply the LNG from its Houston-based facilities for the operations and provide the fueling station at a separate location from the new maintenance facility, Nevill said.
Green Energy is a new company founded last year with Dallas-based private equity firm Lone Star Investment Advisors as its only shareholder. It signed a 10-year fuel supply agreement with Clean Energy earlier this year (see Daily GPI, Feb. 7). Development of the Fairfield LNG station is set to begin in August, with completion scheduled by the end of 2012. Green Energy's plans include the development of additional LNG truck fueling stations in the Barnett Shale (Fort Worth), Haynesville Shale (Marshall) and Eagle Ford Shale (Laredo) areas of Texas.
Green Energy has entered into what it said is a first-call agreement with XTO Energy, which manages more than 3,500 gas wells spread over 290,000 acres in the Freestone Trend area. The Freestone generates more than 50,000 b/d of salt water, according to Green Energy.
Billing itself as one of the first providers in the industry to offer fluid management services, including transportation, storage and disposal through the use of LNG-powered trucks, Green Energy called LNG's use in heavy duty truck transportation "a revolutionary and proven technology" and one that can offer substantial cost savings of up to $2/gallon, compared with traditional diesel trucks.
Green Energy is working with Irving, TX-based Rush Peterbilt Truck Centers and Denton, TX-based Peterbilt to develop its fleet of LNG vehicles. Another company, Dragon Products, developed the special vacuum trailers, 400 frack tanks, acid tanks, mud tanks and mud pumps used in its capture and transportation management programs.
Vancouver, British Columbia-based Westport, which provides natural gas engines, "retrofitted Green Energy's vehicle engines to ensure the highest quality and safety in vacuuming, transporting and disposing of the gas waste water," said Nevill.
"In using LNG, a cleaner alternative fuel, we drastically reduce emissions and help decrease dependency on foreign energy products."
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