USA: EQT Uses APG’s Turbocharged Natural Gas System for Rig Conversions
GreenMan Technologies, Inc. announced that its American Power Group Inc. subsidiary has worked with EQT Corporation and Linde North America to complete the first dual fuel rig conversion in the Marcellus Shale using liquefied natural gas. EQT’s initial rig conversion is operating in Northern West Virginia. Pending evaluation of the economic, operational, and environmental benefits of EQT’s pilot program, EQT plans to convert additional rigs in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Compared to diesel-only engines, APG’s dual fuel Turbocharged Natural Gas™ system emits less carbon dioxide, nitrous oxides, sulfur oxides, and particulates. The LNG being used for EQT’s pilot program is produced locally from the Marcellus natural gas reserves.
Lyle Jensen, GreenMan’s President and Chief Executive Officer stated, “We are pleased that EQT has selected our APG Turbocharged Natural Gas™ system for this important maiden launch in the Marcellus region. We see an ever expanding demand for LNG dual fuel applications in the oil and gas, marine, industrial, and heavy-duty vehicular end markets. This local EQT pilot program is one more important step in reducing emissions and our dependence on foreign oil imports.”
Mr. Jensen added, “We also are pleased to see our recently announced marketing relationship with Linde North America begin to generate revenue. APG is having notable success in converting diesel engines and diesel pumps with well-head and pipeline gas but a majority of the rigs are not logistically close to these sources of fuel so LNG makes perfect sense.”
LNG World News Staff, July 10, 2012; Image: Exoma Energy