Seneca Resources, the drilling arm of utility giant National Fuel Gas Company, is conducting its first experiment with electric fracking. We’re aware of at least three other Marcellus/Utica drillers that currently use electric fracking: Range Resources, CNX Resources, and Olympus Energy (former Huntley & Huntley). Seneca, like Range, will use U.S. Well Services to provide e-fracking. Seneca is conducting a field trial for a 6-well pad in Lycoming County, PA.
What’s the difference between traditional and electric fracking? Traditional fracking uses diesel-fueled engines to produce electricity to power pressure pumps for hydraulic fracturing operations. E-fracking uses natural gas from the well pad to power turbines to create electricity. E-fracking uses a different type of “engine” and different fuel. E-fracking fleets are roughly half the size of traditional diesel fleets–and a whole lot quieter.
Here’s the news about Seneca’s e-fracking experiment in Lycoming County:
Today, Seneca Resources Company, LLC (“Seneca”), the exploration and production segment of National Fuel Gas Company (NYSE: NFG), and U.S. Well Services (NASDAQ: USWS) (“USWS”) announced their collaboration on an upcoming field trial using USWS’ Clean Fleet® technology to complete a six well pad in Lycoming County, within Seneca’s Eastern Development Area. This field trial, which started in mid-July, represents Seneca’s first well completions using all-electric fracturing technology and is the latest example of Seneca’s focus on greenhouse gas emissions reductions. Results from the field trial are expected to be incorporated into Seneca’s ongoing, first-of-its-kind study of available low-carbon well completion equipment, analyzing the emissions data from real-time well stimulation operations.
“As a long-standing sustainability-focused operator in the lowest emissions intensity shale basin in the United States, Seneca continues to look for ways to further reduce its carbon footprint, including the use of best in class emissions reduction practices,” said Justin Loweth, President of Seneca. “Our field trial with USWS is another step in this direction, allowing Seneca to evaluate the potential environmental benefits of this well completions solution in our ongoing operations.”
“Seneca is a leading E&P operator in the Appalachian Basin that has routinely demonstrated a commitment to reducing the environmental impact of its operations,” commented Joel Broussard, the USWS’ President and CEO. “We are excited to demonstrate the capabilities of our Clean Fleet® technology, especially as Seneca undertakes its detailed study of the emissions performance of various hydraulic fracturing solutions. Our technology has consistently delivered measurable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, as well as significant fuel cost savings, and we look forward to showcasing these benefits for Seneca.”*
*U.S. Well Services, Inc. (Jul 29, 2021) – Seneca Resources Company and U.S. Well Services Announce All-Electr...