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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.

Back Up Power Generation: Are You Ready?

I cannot stress the importance of having a proper power generator on standby in case of emergency. A back-up diesel generator or back-up natural gas generator is critical in a number of circumstances when there is an emergency loss of power. With Hurricane Season rapidly approaching this summer, the necessity of having portable standby generators on-hand is paramount to the faculty you maintain. Not to make a bad example of those stricken with hard times, but there were several examples of organizations and municipalities after Hurricane Sandy that failed to maintain working generators. Most notably, there were a number of hospitals in the New York area that greatly underestimated the need for standby generators for back-up power.

Preventative Maintenance

Beyond the need for a back-up generator in case of emergency, it is equally important to ensure that once your facility does have one on-site, that it is in working order. The last thing anyone wants is for disaster to strike and have to rely on a generator that was not properly maintained in its downtime. The best way to be prepared for such circumstance is to take preventative maintenance measures on your back-up diesel or natural gas generators. Sufficient preventative maintenance includes:

  • Annual, semi-annual, and quarterly maintenance checks
  • General and thorough inspection
  • Regular lubrication service
  • Servicing the cooling system when needed
  • Servicing the fuel system
  • Testing and servicing the starting batteries
  • Periodic and regular engine exercise

In doing so, the first step is to take inventory of your diesel and natural gas generators. I always urge facilities to place all in-house generators together and perform the necessary preventative maintenance checks at the same time. This way it saves time and you get to compare each to see how they perform differently or the same. As for the maintenance checks, they should be performed at least four times a year, with more thorough checks performed twice a year. This also goes for general inspection, which is basically just an overall diagnostic check of the generator to ensure everything is working properly. Additional maintenance should also be performed, such as frequent lubrication services, as well as checking the cooling system for any faulty features. The fuel system also needs to be checked regularly, as it is one of the most crucial aspects to the generator’s operation. Furthermore, it may be equally as important to check on the starting batteries, making sure they can still function as designed. Lastly, just like a car, periodic and regular engine use or exercise helps to keep the generator in working condition.

The vital aspects of power generator preventative maintenance may seem to be arduous tasks, and equally easy to put off or never get around to performing, but they are also the most critical when it comes to emergencies. There have been countless examples during emergency situations where facilities with generators that should have otherwise been able to perform the necessary duties, were instead rendered useless due to downtime neglect. In other words, the generators were not able to serve as a back-up power supply because the aforementioned preventative maintenance had not been performed properly or at all.

With Hurricane Season soon upon us, the importance of preventative maintenance has never been more critical. Doing a thorough functional check before Hurricane Season — when disaster is more likely to strike — is the least that should be done. That way, in the worst-case scenario, your facility can recognize a faulty generator, and either fix or replace it depending on the issues.

Whether it is a hospital, non-profit community organization, or municipality, performing preventative maintenance checks on all back-up and portable generators is crucial for power generation during a disaster. So, go find all your generators in storage, dust them off, and make sure each is still capable of supplying proper back-up power to your facility. Trust me, come Hurricane Season, you’ll be glad you did.

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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Inadequate Power Generation – The Nigerian Power Sector

For the last several decades, the Nigerian power supply has been an ongoing issue. Over this time, excessive amounts of time, effort, and most notably, money have been spent to secure an adequate power supply to Nigeria. However, unsuccessful governmental policies, among other failures, have fallen in the way of installing effective energy sources and power supply to the area.

To date, there have been several major barriers to achieving an adequate power supply in Nigeria. A significant hindrance has been the amount of capital (money) needed to produce a constant power supply in the country. More specifically, Nigeria has endured a great deal of trouble securing enough funding to develop any sort of new energy sources, or maintain old ones. Thus, making it extremely difficult to find steady power throughout the country.

As the Executive Vice President of Worldwide Power Products, I realize not only the importance of viable energy sources, but also the difficulty in achieving such a steady supply. In addition to the struggle to secure funding for adequate power sources in Nigeria, the fight for proper power generation is also an issue. In contrast to countries, similar in size, or even larger, Nigeria and its more than 150 million citizens live with an entirely insufficient power generation supply.

While the country of Nigeria has a limited number of power plants still active, they are largely outdated and produce power extremely inefficiently. With a number of the country’s power plants dating back multiple decades, it is in dire need of updated hydro and thermal plants to improve all reliable energy sources. What’s more, additional issues, such as vandalism, lacking preventative maintenance and infrastructure bottlenecks, among other hindrances, largely play into the country’s energy issues. Also, there have been an unjust number of injuries and deaths to qualified sector personnel that have set the country back, along with its increasing dependence on foreign aid.

Furthermore, sector reform is a major issue for the Nigerian power supply. While no such reform has taken place as of yet, certain aspects have been targeted for improvement by the government. Areas of interest, such as, improving regulation within the industry, an increased framework to encourage the involvement of private investors, as well as, the enticement of industry competition among energy companies, are all among the Federal Ministry of Power’s top concerns. Another area of interest for sector reform is the implementation of tariffs on utilities that more accurately reflect the market, and subsequently lure private investors to take notice.

Nigeria’s current transmission network is lacking in a very basic way. The network is currently failing to transmit whatever power is being generated from the current sources to the intended destinations. Additionally, there have been an exceedingly high number of transmission loses, which certainly does not help the issue, in fact it only worsens the situation.

Another substantial challenge for Nigeria’s power sector is the ineffective method of billing and meter tracking. This issue is at the core of the Nigerian power sector. Without proper billing and metering procedures, it is practically impossible for there to be any further development and progress in the sector. Due to such continued inefficiency of billing and meter tracking, resulting in a consistent loss of revenue, the distribution companies (DISCOS) are not only failing to make any sort of profit, they are potentially losing substantial amounts of income, and investors are subsequently without any ROI.

As a proponent for improving the Nigerian power sector, myself, as well as, Worldwide Power Products feel that more should be done to make the necessary improvements. There needs to be a united front between the DISCOS, the generation companies (GENCOS), private investors, and the government, in order to see change. In other words, Nigeria needs help to supply adequate power to the nation as a whole. From DISCOS, such as Yola Distribution Company, to GENCOS, such as Sapele Generation Company, and agencies, including the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, the power sector needs reform.

Without question, the Nigerian power sector is in need of new and improved energy sources; diesel generators and natural gas generators are simply not going to meet the demand that certain parts of the country have, and currently rely upon. Not to mention, the money involved in diesel generator maintenance and the preventative maintenance involved is simply inefficient. While, the current Nigerian administration and other forms of government are making it a top priority to work on the challenges of policy reform to ultimately tap newer and better energy resources, increased capital is still greatly needed to make such a reality.

Luckily, the Federal Ministry of Power is taking on the many issues involving the country’s power supply. However, the key to the future success of the Nigerian power sector will likely depend a great deal on securing private investment funding. With the proper policies in place and the continued avocation by President Goodluck Jonathan, the Ministry of Power will hopefully get the power sector on track.

To this point, the Nigerian power sector has used government mandates, such as the 2001 National Electric Power Policy, and the more recent Power Sector Reform from Summer 2010, but the country needs more private investors. With the necessary improvements in the power sector, Nigeria hopes to become “one of the 20 largest economies in the world by 2020.” This is entirely possible, but as mentioned, there needs to be a further injection of funding from investors to the power sector.

At Worldwide Power Products we support the private investment in the Nigerian power sector and encourage all those interested to contact the Nigerian Ministry of Power.

Shale Flares Heat Up Natural Gas Production, But Not For Long

Tension between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the oil industry is decreasing as air emissions and flares from shale oil reserves come under regulation. While the EPA gives companies until January of 2015 to fully comply with the new regulations, gas and oil companies have to start changing their ways now to meet that target, especially regarding flares. The regulations are expected to cut emissions that harm air quality by 90 percent, per the Washington Post.

Why Flaring Happens

A byproduct of increased production to meet the increased demand for NG, flares allow dangerous gases to burn off. These occur when there is a lack of storage space for produced gas. The flares allow equipment to keep up with the flow of gas, and get released through pressurized valves in the equipment. Not only does flaring release methane and other gases into the air, it wastes energy to the tune of $100 billion of unused gas a year, according to Reuters.  The shale reserves fueled unprecedented expansion of America’s gas production, but the infrastructure that allows gas to be captured and stored before flaring hasn’t grown as fast. The result: Industry waste, energy lost, missed growth opportunities, and environmental concern. The World Bank estimates that gas emitted in flares is roughly equal to the annual energy consumption of France, about 360 tons of CO2, again per Reuters.

Green Solutions

Complying with EPA regulations is good for public opinion and for profits, as the wasted fuel can be used — thereby saving costs at gas production sites — or sold. How can companies cut down on flaring to get on the right side of the EPA regulation? For example, plants could turn the gas flares into power, cutting down on energy consumption and fuel waste. Ways to comply include:

  • Installing pollution-control equipment: Many of the newer wells are already capped with pollution-controlling equipment to cap flares. Existing gas production sites can be retrofitted with these measures to cut flares. So-called green completions are mandatory after 2015 and voluntary beforehand.
  • Implementing Technologies to Reuse the Gas: Escaped gas can be piped back into the ground and used to push more gas toward the surface, increasing production, per GE. Escaped gas can also be stored and used as fuel with compressor technologies. GE is now doing this in Qatar.
  • Decreasing Isolation: Flares often occur when captured gas cannot be put into the pipeline. Extending pipelines gives remote sites storage access and prevents flares.

Are you inspired by the cost savings of reusing produced gas? What’s your plan to green for 2015?

-Mark

Cost of Diesel and Natural Gas Generators

When planning to purchase or to rent a generator for your business, the kind of fuel that the generator uses–typically natural gas or diesel–may not be your primary consideration. If you’re ordering a generator because a storm is imminent and you need to know that you’ll have the power you rely on to do business, chances are that you’ll be more concerned about weathering the storm. If you’ve lost power in storms before, you know it can damage your bottom line to go without power for anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks. I’m sure you never want that to happen again! Many people purchase a generator for their business for that very sense of security.

True Generator Costs

When shopping for a generator, you’ll get more bang for your buck if you can remember that generator costs don’t end once you purchase the unit. No matter which type you go with, generators require fuel to run. If you choose a diesel generator, a fuel supplier will need to deliver that fuel to your generator.

Oil Prices and Generators

While natural gas prices fluctuate throughout the year, the fuel is widely abundant in the U.S.–and the world–and less expensive than diesel. In May, 2012, natural gas cost $2.30 per million BTU, a measure equivalent to approximately 8,000 gallons. In contrast, diesel fuel cost $4 per gallon in May, 2012, per CNN. Since late 2008, oil prices have been rising steadily; by June, 2012, oil cost double what it did in December 2008. Because the cost of oil fluctuates extremely, the cost to refuel your generator can go up hundreds of dollars overnight and could continue to rise unchecked.

At Worldwide Power Products, we offer a range of natural gas generators, both new and used, for rental and for sale. By choosing a natural gas generator, you will avoid paying more over time for your generator in fuel costs. Do you have a story about rising oil costs impacting your bottom line? I’d love to hear it!

-Mark