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Deployment of Hydraulic Fracturing Fleets across the USA by UMC Engineering

Hydraulic Fracturing Fleets consumes a lot of fossils fuel, especially diesel. The amount of usage of diesel can be lowered by using electrical fracturing fleets.

UMC Engineering Corporation estimates 500 hydraulic fracturing fleets are deployed in shale basins across the United States and Canada. Most of them are powered by trailer-mounted diesel engines.

Each fleet consumes more than 7 million gallons of diesel per year, emits an average of 70,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide and require 700,000 tanker truckloads of diesel supplied to remote sites, according to UMC Engineering Corporation.

“Electric frack enables the switch from diesel-driven to electrical-driven pumps powered by modular gas turbine generating units,” Simonelli said. “This alleviates several limiting factors for the operator and the pressure pumping company such as diesel truck logistics, excess gas handling, carbon emissions and the reliability of the pressure pumping operation.”

UMC Engineering Corporation estimates that the 500 diesel frack fleets require a combined 20 million horsepower of energy, which translates into a potential market to provide 15 gigawatts of electricity using gas-fired turbines. So far, eight electric frack crews are deployed in the Permian Basin.


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