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Choosing The Right Generator For Your Drilling Rig

There is a seemingly endless amount of drilling rigs and compatible generators. For each combination, there seems to be an equal amount of diverse and far-off oil fields to drill. Naturally, the mix-match nature of drilling rigs, drilling rig generators and oil fields can leave some of us in the industry, even seasoned experts, completely perplexed about which combination is best. I have found that regardless of whether a drilling rig generator is meant for more desolate conditions, or a fairly routine drilling location, you can never consider enough variables. This is primarily due to the fact that once you commence drilling, a number of things can happen to throw you for a loop, which most notably include environmental factors, varying terrain, and any other unforeseen circumstances.

The Essentials To Look For In The Right Drilling Rig Generator
Throughout my years in the industry I have come to realize that regardless of the job, conditions, or drilling rig, there are always a few common things an on-site generator should have. To give you a better idea of what I mean, here are the things I look for in a good on-site generator.

Adaptability: A reliable drilling rig generator is one that can prove itself in practically any situation, and under any circumstances. In other words, versatility is key when it comes to operating under varying environmental conditions, such as harsh heat, and other extreme weather.

Alternative Fuel Sources: Another useful quality that more modern and versatile drilling rig generators share is the ability to run off other fuel sources than just diesel. For the longest time diesel generators dominated the industry, however, more recent innovations have been made, allowing generators to run off alternative fuel sources like methane and natural gas.

Reliability: Drilling in the middle of nowhere can be ironic in that it is one of the most remote forms of work, yet it requires the most reliability in terms of power. If you and your team are hundreds of miles away from civilization and suddenly lose power, it can be catastrophic. For such reason, reliability in a generator is paramount.

Additional Things To Consider In A Generator
Whether it is a single diesel generator, or several natural gas generators, a reliable model must provide power in the most extreme conditions, and in the most remote locations. In addition to performing under pressure, a good generator will require little maintenance, and hopefully zero downtime. In terms of operating expenses, maintenance can be costly, and downtime in the field can be even more expensive. Regardless of extra initial cost, a quality generator that does not breakdown, or require much maintenance, is crucial to the success of drilling.

From my experience, one of the most underestimated traits of a quality drilling rig generator is toughness. Powering a drill site is a lot different than powering a municipality or similar facility. On the job, a generator must withstand unstable and rough terrain, as well as constantly being surrounded by dirt and debris.

Lastly, in the new age of strict regulatory standards, it is important to consider such performance aspects of a generator. In other words, if a generator is not performing properly, then it should either undergo necessary maintenance, or be replaced entirely in order to fulfill the regulations and requirements expected of it.

Conclusion
As high of expectations as I have for all the diesel and natural gas generators we sell at Worldwide Power Products, I am also absolutely amazed at how well they standup to harsh conditions and performance tests. A solid generator will never let you down under such conditions, and if it does, you need to find a better option.

Bi-Fuel – Get Your Green On!

It may sound like a big cliché for me to say, however, now really is an exciting time to be involved with generators and engines. I say this with only the up-most sincerity knowing full well that the current trend of generators could continue on its current trend of more conventional diesel models. However, there are also a number of exciting new options that have created optimism in the industry. More specifically, I am referring to the exceptional advances in generator and engine technology that have made appearances in the industry as of late, and that have subsequently begun to provide some exciting new options for many users. One of the most notable is the bi-fuel engine generator. I strongly believe that it has the potential to change generators for the better. For those unfamiliar with a bi-fuel system, it is a type of diesel engine ignited through compression and operates on both diesel and natural gas combustion, but with a strong emphasis on the latter. The simultaneous usage of natural gas and diesel give bi-fuel generators more adaptability and efficiency for users when relying on the power source for a number of different functions. It is hard to argue that the bi-fuel engine generator is not a bright light in our industry and represents a more eco-conscious awareness as well.

A Little More About Bi-Fuel Engine Capabilities

The bi-fuel system provides a reliable and more environmentally friendly method of standby power than traditional diesel generators. Upon ignition, the bi-fuel generator runs off of only diesel fuel, which is most of the extent of the fuel source’s involvement within the generator. Although, as the bi-fuel engine system continues to run, it predominantly operates on natural gas at around 90 percent, with the remaining10 percent coming from diesel. As you can likely imagine, this detachment from diesel fuel allows users to rely less on the fuel source and more on natural gas, which is easier to store. Additionally, bi-fuel allows generators to extend run times through the process. This is especially useful for those that rely on generators, diesel in particular, during long power outages, such as a storm or other natural disaster. While cost may be a concern for some thinking about buying a bi-fuel generator, the cost of such models is only incrementally higher than conventional diesel generators, and is generally well-worth the extra expense.

Get Your Green On

Because bi-fuel predominately uses natural gas opposed to traditional generators, which mostly, if not entirely, run on diesel, they are considered by many experts to be “greener.” Natural gas is cleaner burning and therefore releases fewer emissions into the air when in use. This is a significant improvement from diesel, which comparably does have higher amounts of emissions. What’s more, bi-fuel generators let off 30 percent fewer nitrogen oxides emissions and 50 percent less particle matter compared to diesel models.

Whether you are looking for a generator with improved performance, or a model that can help your company get its green on, I personally recommend the bi-fuel option. It is easy to say that it will be the wave of the future for our industry, but I truly believe that you will be hearing about bi-fuel a lot in the future. Because it has the potential to improve so many aspects of how generators improve backup power supplies and other useful functions, there is enormous potential there. If you are at all hesitant about the bi-fuel generator, you should at least give it some consideration as it can save your facility in a pinch, and help improve the environment in the process.

For more information on WPP bi-fuel solutions, see our bi-fuel FAQ sheet.

The Growth In Argentina Is Exploding!

In a country emerging as a large oil and gas producer, there is undoubtedly a need for energy. In the case of Argentina, there is no difference. The country’s shale plays have tremendous potential for companies to expand, businesses to start-up, and for investors to prosper. At Worldwide Power Products, as a company, we are excited to be increasing our involvement in Latin American counties such as Argentina. We will provide diesel generators, engines, and many other types of power products to aid companies in tapping the shale plays scattered throughout Argentina’s basins.

In some ways you could say we are looking to fulfill Argentina’s demand for energy, and while we may only play a small role in that fulfillment, the large growth in population will definitely require further power generation to the region. In addition, major petroleum companies are expanding, resulting in a virtual explosion of oil drilling throughout the country, also requiring more readily available energy.

Argentinian Shale

Undoubtedly, the U.S. has had its fair share of recent shale plays, but Argentina is also becoming a noteworthy member of the shale community. So noteworthy in fact, Argentina has found itself third on a list — compiled by the U.S. Energy Information Administration — of countries with the most shale gas potential, behind only the U.S. and China. More specifically, the vast majority of shale oil reserves sit under the Neuquén Basin, which is located in Western Argentina, spanning much of the Rio Negro, La Pampa, and Mendoza provinces. Thus far, upwards of nearly 150 million barrels of oil and significant amounts of gas have been found leading a large number of people in the industry flocking to the area.

With such big oil potential in Argentina, it only makes sense that the various shale plays will need back up power generation. There could be all the oil in the world sitting in Argentina, but with no power to tap into it, there really is no point. This is where Worldwide Power Products comes in — providing natural gas generators and other essential power products to companies in the area.

Private Investors

Additionally, the country’s Ministry of Federal Planning has vamped up its enticement of foreign companies to tap into shale plays in Argentina. While some companies, such as Repsol, out of Spain, have been met with some government intervention, a lot still remains to be seen on how the government will react to the sudden shale boom in the country. There definitely seems to be mixed signals coming out of the Argentine government, with one cabinet member calling for the nationalization of YPF, one of the country’s largest oil and gas companies, thus potentially dramatically increasing the governments involvement with the country’s oil and gas production. It is uncertain weather this will actually happen or if it is merely an idea that will fail to find fruition with little or no resistance to drilling activities.

For private investors, the best way to get in on Argentina’s shale action is to put your money in a company like Apache. In just the last six or seven years, the company has transformed into one of the major oil and gas companies in the country. In fact, it is currently the fifth largest with involvement in over 30 oil fields spanning nearly four million Argentine acres and four of the country’s basins.

Just as remote areas of the U.S. have recently seen a boom in shale drilling, similar desolate areas of Argentina have been experiencing a similar boom. Oil and gas companies have been setting up shop in all the major shale basins throughout the country and private investors have been jockeying to invest in companies faced with the least amount of government resistance. Undoubtedly, it will be fun to see how the region develops, but I guess we will just have to wait and see how it all plays out.

UFOs at Eagle Ford Shale ??

For those that haven’t heard the buzz about UFO sightings in the Eagle Ford Shale drilling area, it has created quite a stir among residents and alien enthusiasts alike. Personally, I find the thought of a UFO to be fun, of course that could change pretty quickly if I come face-to-face with one. From what I have heard, these sightings are difficult to tell how close or real they really are.

The thought of a UFO sighting may sound terrifying to some, but I welcome any sort of extraterrestrial visitors to Eagle Ford Shale or any other drilling spot. In fact, if their ship (or whatever sort of craft they fly through the universe on) breaks down, I will gladly sell them a few generators to power back up. Of course, I doubt they deal in dollars or any other type of earthly currency, but I guess we will just have to cross that bridge when we get to it.

The most recent UFO sighting in the southern region of Texas explains a lot — with all the new residents traveling to the area for drilling work, it is only fitting that an aircraft full of aliens wants to join the party. They must have felt left out.

The Power of Being Alien

On several occasions during starry October nights, drillers in the Eagle Ford Shale region spotted UFO lights in the sky above. Then, to elevate their story, a surveillance camera also spotted an object resembling a flying saucer with several distinct and blaring lights.

Sorry, but I just can’t help think a flying saucer like that must require an immense amount of power generation. I sure hope they have a backup power source, or perhaps a few diesel generators on-board. What am I saying? They probably have a more efficient energy source that never fails. What I would give to be an alien for a day.

With the recent influx in UFO sightings, all of the new residents of La Salle County must be wondering if the aliens are trying to get in on some of the oil drilling action in the area, especially since one of the sightings was directly over a drilling site.

Are The Sightings For Real?

For those wondering about the validity of the UFO sightings, many of the cell phone and surveillance pictures and videos have passed numerous authenticity tests proving they were not falsified in any way. Which leads to the conclusion that someone is either investing a lot of money on an extremely elaborate prank, or the sightings are a legitimate UFO.

One of the most interesting things about the numerous UFO sightings in the Eagle Ford Shale area is that not one person has reported them to the authorities. The La Salle County Sheriff’s Department has no reports on file of people calling about UFO sightings in the area.

Why Drilling Sites?

Once the initial shock of the UFO sightings wore off, many people in Eagle Ford Shale began to speculate about the symbolism behind the UFO sightings over drilling sites. While some people say the sight of a UFO could easily be compared to a simple flicker of city lights or a military aircraft flying overhead, others insist that UFOs are seen over drilling fields for a reason.

Like the other remote sightings, UFOs are often spotted in desert areas, many of which surface over oil wells. This leads some theorists to believe that the UFOs are looking to fuel up their spaceships with crude oil. I still think UFOs run on some power source we don’t even know about yet, but I’ll leave the speculation to everyone else. Another interesting correlation is that almost all UFO sightings are near bodies of water, which suggests aliens and/or their ships need water. Are we sounding like a conspiracy theorist website yet?

Whether you live around Eagle Ford Shale or are just interested in UFOs, keep your eye out for the buzz about UFOs in the area. And if you find one that breaks down, give us a call and we will hook them up with a few generators. For the record, Worldwide Power Products does not judge or discriminate against extraterrestrials.

The Next Boom Town !?!

Admittedly, I am not a fortune-teller, but I do honestly believe that Cline Shale has the potential to create a boom-town atmosphere in the Midland region. It may be easy for just about anyone to say such a thing of an oil play, however, the Cline Shale area truly holds something special.

It sits more than 9,000 feet under Cline Shale, which is, for the most part, along the eastern border of Texas’ Midland Basin. It stretches nearly 150 miles from the north end to the south, spanning around 70 miles wide in four counties.

Cline Shale Potential
With a number of wells showing significant promise in testing, the Cline Shale area has the potential to experience a drastic influx in drilling activity similar to that of oil plays in North Dakota and other parts of Texas. In fact, some believe the area could hold somewhere around 30 billion barrels of oil based on the nearly 10,000 sq. miles Cline Shale encompasses. What’s more, companies such as Laredo, Apache, Devon, Fire-wheel, and a number of others have already invested in Cline Shale with varying degrees of initial development. In fact, Laredo has over 140,000 prime Cline Shale acres. Apache has over half a million acres with six wells in the planning phase, and Devon has almost 390,000 acres in the area as well. As you can see, companies are buying up land and quickly planning the next phase of their operations, which lucky for us, will most certainly include the need for natural gas generators and engines.

Real Estate Boom
With potential for years to come in Cline Shale, it is expected that the area will turn into somewhat of a boom-town. I suspect this means a dramatic increase in real estate developments all over Reagan, Glasscock, Howard, and other outlying Texas counties.
This sounds familiar to the current housing situation in the North Dakota, where oil plays such as Bakken Shale have created a deficiency of housing, but wealth of jobs. In my opinion, the same could hold true for Cline Shale, although hopefully the local real estate developments will learn from the mistakes of other oil plays. In fact, many communities around the area are already concerned that the current housing developments will not be built in time for the boom, due in part to the fact that an increase in activity is currently underway. Real estate companies in the Cline Shale region have already been feeling the pressure to provide housing for people moving to the area for work, with one local realtor mentioning he gets frequent calls from people desperate for housing.

Business Boom

In addition to the housing boom in the Midland Basin and surrounding areas, I also suspect there will be a dramatic increase in commercial business. After all, where there are people and jobs there will need to be restaurants, along with grocery and retail stores. With the increase in drilling activity, it is almost certain that a wide range of new businesses will begin to sprout up in counties like Howard and Sterling. For our industry, it means the area will need more engines and generator sets.

Perhaps an even better determinate of the potential for community development in the Cline Shale play is longevity. In other words, the longer the area is consistently producing oil, the more established and developed the community can become. Development is key to the community, because as we have seen in the past, a major oil play that goes broke can quickly turn from a boom-town to a ghost town.

In Comparison
To better illustrate the potential Cline Shale has to increase housing and business development, I like to compare it to the current Bakken play. The United States Geological Survey reports that Bakken Shale will likely produce over four billion barrels of oil, which still yields in comparison to what is expected of Cline Shale. If the amount of oil produced in an area is any indication of the additional community development, then this leads me to believe that Cline Shale will likely need more real estate and business development than Bakken. What’s more, Cline Shale is projected to produce more barrels than the seemingly endless oil supply of Eagle Ford, which is estimated to produce up to 10 billion barrels.

Cline Shale is undoubtedly another boom-town in the making, which is an exciting time for a community, especially one so isolated. Like Bakken, and many other oil plays throughout the country, a lot still remains to be seen about its production, and the subsequent real estate and businesses that develop in the region. Personally, I always enjoy watching an oil play develop, because as someone that works with generators, I find the unpredictability exciting — oil plays adds a sense of intrigue to any related industry.

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