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Power Automation Improves
Operating Efficiencies,
Decreases Costs
T
he need to reduce wasteful
spending practices is more
imperative than ever before in
the oilfield. Many exploration and
production companies have been
"sticking to the grid" and drilling
new wells within parameters close
to permanent utilities. However,
sometimes permanent utilities are
not an option, such as in remote
production areas of the US including
the Bakken. In these scenarios,
temporary power providers are
becoming increasingly challenged
to develop innovative technologies
off the grid that meet environmental
regulations and satisfy stringent
economic requirements.
For example, many operators are
turning to alternative fuel generators
that leverage excess flared/ stranded
gas captured from the wellhead. This
allows optimized production activities,
reduced operating expense, and meets
tighter environmental regulations
that require a reduction of flared gas.
While diesel remains one of the most
widely used fuels for powering drilling
and production sites, costs associated
with using diesel are far from optimal.
Further, by incorporating a power
automation system, operators can
eliminate generator idle hours and
reduce the associated high costs
of diesel while greatly reducing
emissions, regardless of the fuel source.
Customized automated power kits can
be retrofitted on both diesel and natural
gas generator sets to communicate
with an operator's programmable logic
controls, for any remote project with
intermittent power needs.
The design of the controls
allows generators to automatically
start and stop, only running when
power is required. This innovative
application not only saves fuel and

Shown above is a Power Automation
package provided by Aggreko on a
single rod pump application

reduces emissions, but also increases
uptime due to lower maintenance
needs and fewer failures associated
with overheating or excessive idle
time. The most common applications
for power automation include rod

pumps, midstream pumping stations
and de-watering facilities. At many
pumping stations, producers have
been able to reduce their associated
fuel costs by 50-80%.

Real-World Results
One of the largest exploration
and production companies in the
Permian Basin was operating a
field of five producing oil wells
on electrical submersible pumps
(ESPs). As each of the wells began
to experience slower production
volumes, they deployed rod
pumps to replace the ESPs. Since
the sites did not have access to
utility infrastructure, standard
diesel generators were used to
power each rod pump.
However, the operator later
needed to reduce site emissions and

lower operating costs. Aggreko was
consulted and developed a solution
including the installation of power
automation kits and Tier4i diesel
generators to seamlessly transition
the sites. The new power packages
allowed the generators to only run
when the rod pumps were operating,
and to automatically shut off when
the rod pumps were inactive,
effectively eliminating idle hours.
The power automation solution
saved the operator $130,000
annually, reduced emissions by 50%
and delivered 100% uptime.

Previously published in the fall 2016 issue of the Bakken Oil Report magazine.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IPAA Access - Fall/Winter 2017- 2018

President’s Message
Tax Reform
Tax Reform Facts
87th Midyear Meeting
On the Road
Index of Advertisers
IPAA Access - Fall/Winter 2017- 2018 - Intro
IPAA Access - Fall/Winter 2017- 2018 - bellyband1
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IPAA Access - Fall/Winter 2017- 2018 - cover1
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IPAA Access - Fall/Winter 2017- 2018 - 3
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IPAA Access - Fall/Winter 2017- 2018 - 5
IPAA Access - Fall/Winter 2017- 2018 - 6
IPAA Access - Fall/Winter 2017- 2018 - 7
IPAA Access - Fall/Winter 2017- 2018 - 8
IPAA Access - Fall/Winter 2017- 2018 - President’s Message
IPAA Access - Fall/Winter 2017- 2018 - Tax Reform
IPAA Access - Fall/Winter 2017- 2018 - 11
IPAA Access - Fall/Winter 2017- 2018 - 12
IPAA Access - Fall/Winter 2017- 2018 - 13
IPAA Access - Fall/Winter 2017- 2018 - 14
IPAA Access - Fall/Winter 2017- 2018 - Tax Reform Facts
IPAA Access - Fall/Winter 2017- 2018 - 87th Midyear Meeting
IPAA Access - Fall/Winter 2017- 2018 - 17
IPAA Access - Fall/Winter 2017- 2018 - On the Road
IPAA Access - Fall/Winter 2017- 2018 - 19
IPAA Access - Fall/Winter 2017- 2018 - 20
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IPAA Access - Fall/Winter 2017- 2018 - Index of Advertisers
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