Capstone Turbine Corporation, manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, has recently announced that it has received an order for the first C1000 microturbine system from an oil & gas producer in Southern California. The C1000 Power Package, a megawatt microturbine power system, can be configured into smaller 800KW and 600KW solutions – all within a single ISO-type container. Models are available that operate on: natural gas, propane, landfill gas, digester gas, diesel, aviation and kerosene fuels.
Rather than flare the waste gas, a byproduct from the drilling process, the C1000 will use the associated gas as fuel to generate low-emission electricity onsite to power the plant's pumps and infrastructure systems. The microturbine exhaust will heat water for the free-water knockout process—or three phase separator process—to separate gas, oil, and water.
The C1000, sold by Capstone distributor Regatta Solutions, based in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., will be commissioned this spring in a combined heat and power (CHP) application to save operating and maintenance costs and avoid flaring, one of the most challenging energy and environmental problems today at oil & gas sites and landfills.