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Eagle Ford: Porter hosts on-site generation workshop
AUSTIN -- Commissioner David Porter hosted a workshop at the Railroad Commission in Austin Dec. 17 to discuss the ability to use excess natural gas as a source for power on drilling leases and to explore other options for on-site power generation.
The workshop was held as part of Texas Railroad Commissioner Porter’s initiative, launched in May of this year, to reduce the flaring of excess natural gas. Panelists included oil and gas companies and service providers, as well as Commissioner Toby Baker of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and Brian Lloyd, executive director of the Public Utility Commission of Texas.
Due to the rapid increase of production activities across the state, there is a demand for power that cannot be filled under current conditions. There is also a lack of pipeline infrastructure needed to carry all the natural gas being produced from the wellhead to market, creating an excess that traditionally would be vented or flared.
Porter is encouraging operators to look into ways to use excess gas produced at the wellhead as a source of power, instead of traditional electricity, in order to reduce the waste of natural gas and limit the environmental impact from air emissions.
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