Microturbines For Flare Gas-to-Energy Project

Capstone's C1000 Signature Series microturbine

Capstone Turbine Corporation, a manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, has received an order for a C1000 Signature Series unit to be deployed on a flare gas-to-energy project in Los Angeles, California. The customer, an oil and gas production facility, previously opted to sell the produced natural gas, as opposed to flaring it and releasing the harmful gas into the air. However, the customer realized that it could obtain the financial benefits from using the gas to generate onsite electricity, while also avoiding the environmental impact of flaring. The project is expected to be commissioned this summer.

Capstone microturbines are able to use the associated natural gas as an input fuel source without any gas pre-treatment. According to Capstone, this allows the end-user to monetize the associated gas, keep operational costs low by not needing extra fuel-cleaning equipment, and reducing the negative impact on the local environment.

The order comes on the heels of a December 2017 order for two C1000 Signature Series microturbines to power an oil and gas site in California. Cal Microturbine, one of Capstone’s distributors for California, secured both orders.

“We are seeing increased interest in reducing utility costs from oil and gas clients in California,” said Jim Crouse, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Capstone. “These clients are realizing that they can derive more value from their produced associated natural gas by using it to generate electricity onsite than they can by flaring it or selling it on the wholesale market.”