Ferus has successfully completed one of the first hydraulic fracturing operations utilizing liquefied natural gas (LNG) as engine fuel in North America.
Ferus’ conducted the pilot project in October, which involved six dual-fuel 2,250-hp pressure pumper units, powered by LNG, to stimulate well performance in the south Texas Eagle Ford shale.
“LNG offers significant environmental and cost-saving advantages and is quickly becoming the alternative fuel of choice for heavy-duty high horsepower on-road and off-road applications in North America,” said Dick Brown, president and CEO of Ferus. “We were very pleased to play such a critical role in this ground-breaking project, and we intend to be at the forefront of this growing industry as more and more diesel consumers make the switch to North America’s abundant supply of natural gas.”
To complete this project, Ferus managed the entire supply chain on behalf of its client, including LNG supply, transportation and on-site storage and vaporization using specialized equipment and personnel.
In addition to being a cleaner-burning and less expensive fuel alternative, LNG is non-toxic, non-combustible, non-flammable as a liquid and dissipates into the atmosphere in the event of a leak or a spill, making it safer than diesel and gasoline, Ferus stated.