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Exploration of a Novel Avenue Toward Wellsite Gas Capture – Power Generation for Mobile Data Centers

Date Published: 5/4/2020
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Resource Abstract

As the oil and gas industry faces the final increment in a series of regulatory gas capture rules, many wellsite gas capture technologies are being reevaluated and new technologies are being considered. One such new technology/application is the use of mobile data centers located on wellsites as consumers of electricity generated from flared associated gas. Mobile data center packages consist of an electrical generation subsystem, a Conex box containing high-performance computers, and satellite communications for connection to the user(s). Systems range in size from 350 kilowatts to 30 megawatts in electrical load, consuming between 70 and 5000 Mscfd of associated gas that would likely be flared. These systems also possess several attractive characteristics including modularity and mobility, scalability, and operability on rich or lean gas. Deployment of these systems may also provide an emissions benefit in comparison to conventional flares. The electrical generators of these systems create emissions and could contribute to scale limitations at any individual wellsite.

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