Working in the oil fields has often been known as a messy, dirty job. While this is still true, efforts are being made to change and approve the industry. One of the major changes that have come about in the recent years is the inclusion of natural gas to power hydraulic fracturing engines.
While most engines used in hydraulic fracturing systems in oil fields are run on diesel, in recent years there has been a shift towards natural gas. These system conversions can be done by converting drilling rigs from diesel to a system that allows for the usage of natural gas. One company, American Power Group, has seen their orders for natural gas conversions increase recently. Currently, the technology offered by American Power Group provides dual fuel technology, which means that you can switch between diesel and natural gas, but efforts are being taken to shift systems to 100% natural gas use.
The reason for the shift, is that natural gas has economic and environmental advantages. Natural gas is often cheaper than diesel, meaning lower operating costs for the rigs. Additionally, natural gas has lower greenhouse gas emissions, which is becoming a large factor in today’s regulatory environment.
While most oil field rigs are still run on diesel, the shift in tides is obvious. With an estimated 40% reduction in fuel costs, it is too hard to ignore the benefits of using natural gas in hydraulic fracturing systems. There is a slight learning curve by switching over fuel sources, but that is why it is important to have a quality hydraulic service provider that understands these systems inside and out.
Though there are many different fuel sources that you can use to power hydraulic equipment, Bernell Hydraulics can help with them all. We have over 42 years of experience in the hydraulic equipment industry. Since 1977, we have been working to build, maintain and repair hydraulic equipment through the Inland Empire area of Southern California. If you are looking for assistance with your hydraulic equipment, look no further than Bernell Hydraulics!
We know the ins and outs of hydraulic equipment and components. Not only can we assist in building hydraulic systems, but we also offer preventative maintenance services to keep your system running smoothly year round. If you experience issues with your hydraulic machinery, we also offer 24/7 emergency maintenance repair services throughout the Inland Empire area. If all you need is hydraulic components, we also have four conveniently located stores that carry full lines of hydraulic components. Whether you need to build, maintain or repair your hydraulic machinery, or are simply looking for quality hydraulic components, Bernell Hydraulics can help! Check us out at Bernell Hydraulics or give us a call at 800-326-7252 to learn more!