The LNG Division of Ferus LP, a North American producer and transporter of cryogenic liquids for the oil and gas industry, has successfully completed what is believed to be the first hydraulic fracturing operation utilizing liquefied natural gas (LNG) as engine fuel in North America. “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 & CEO of Ferus.
Ferus’ LNG Division was engaged by a major oil & gas service company in the United States to conduct the pilot project in October 2012, which involved six dual-fuel 2,250 horsepower pressure pumper units, powered by LNG, to stimulate well performance in the South Texas Eagleford shale.
“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,” said Brown.
To complete this project, which marks a significant milestone in the adoption of natural gas as an alternative engine fuel, 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 highly-trained personnel.
Earlier this year, Ferus commenced the introduction of LNG-powered tractors to its heavy duty trucking fleet, intending to gradually replace its entire fleet across North America. The company also lists drilling rigs as a suitable application for LNG fuel.
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.
(This article compiled using information from a Ferus press release)