BIG news on Emerging industry(s) based on flared gas in ND
Gassy pipes.....gas plants, fertilizer plants.....rethinking the way gas is used where it is produced by a few interesting presenters in ND.
On December 18,2012 there was a group of presentations from North Dakota about the use of gas that is now flared.
You can hear the presentations/webinars....if you can find them.
There are several very interesting uses ranging from onsite fertilizer production to LNG & CNG production WITHOUT pipelines.......right there on site at the well pads.
There is now about 240 MM cft/day being flared and the percentage of gas that is now flared is at 30% of what gas is produced.
This is only the first few presenters info:
Beowulf Energy LLC announced it has acquired the rights to N-Flex distributed ammonia technology — a process that converts low-cost natural gas or stranded electrical power to high-value nitrogen products. Production of anhydrous ammonia fertilizer can be produced at the point of demand.
Ammonia production was commercialized 99 years ago and until now has focused on developing larger mega plants in gas rich nations like Trinidad, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The U.S. has become a major ammonia importer and now faces shortages after 40 percent of U.S. production was dismantled during the past decade as U.S. natural gas prices spiked.
N-Flex’s small-scale distributed ammonia production is positioned to succeed under the new conditions of low-cost natural gas, high-price ammonia and extreme logistics challenges for the transport of ammonia to the farmers that use over 90 percent of the supply.
The North Dakota Industrial Commission recently approved a $1 million grant to N-Flex to deploy its nimble and highly efficient mobile units to convert North Dakota’s flared gas into ammonia fertilizer. North Dakota’s oil boom has outpaced the infrastructure needed to capture associated gas causing over 30 percent of the state’s energy-rich gas to be flared.
Simultaneously, farmers in North Dakota and across the U.S. are facing ammonia shortages and paying record levels for imported ammonia. North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms stated that the N-Flex technology is a win for everyone, describing it as an “incredible synergy between North Dakota’s two largest industries, agriculture and oil.”
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You hit on the reason the North Dakota government receives the highest rating in and out side their state.
It is wasteful to flare gas but also it is necessary for safe industry practices. Do American entrepreneur have solutions? Are they willing to put up their own money to prove they have the solution? Well let us make sure it is not dangerous and then let them prove it.
Mean while over a thousand miles away the nyZt writes about the waste without bothering to explore solutions as the answer must be outlawing all flaring. We must all believe flaring makes the Progressive earth goddess angry and only flat earth regulation will make her happy.
I have a much deeper appreciation of the absolute necessity of state's rights. All rational people are cheering 3% or less unemployment and rising wages any where in America.
All the domestic oil and gas proves our entrepreneurship can still create solutions and in doing so create general prosperity. But only where they are allowed to do so.
I believe we also have the answer why the radical and heartless EPA is focusing on fracturing regulation rather than flaring - even as all the EPAs claims were proven bogus and purposefully deceptive.
Sure would improve Bakken well economics to produce value added products from the natural gas.
norris, the introductory speaker from the state of ND discussed a very interesting point about the gas quantity available for the new onsite uses.
It looks like the percentage that is flared in the williston basin will fall from around 30% to an anticipated 5 % eventually.....but while the quantity being flared now is at about 240 million cubic ft/ day.....when it is expected to be at 5%....the quantity of gas that is expected to be availabe for those new technologies and uses on site is arount he same quantity (250 million cubic ft/day) BECAUSE the rate of production is still increasing.
So, while the percentage of flared gas is expected to fall alot as time passes in ND, the amount of gas available for the new uses (fertilizer, electricity, CNG & LNG....) will still be stable & available, so the investment in the equipment and other cost(s) do make good financial sense.