Efforts to boost the use of natural gas in the US should begin with the industry producing the fuel, according an executive of a large independent gas producer.
"Is there anything that can do more for our economy and the environment than natural gas?" asked Mike Bahorich, chief technology officer of Apache Corp. at the Decision Strategies Oilfield Breakfast Forum Mar. 22. "I doubt it."
But Bahorich said less than 5% of US drilling rigs are configured to use natural gas for power, and of those rigs not all are using gas because of delivery problems. Diesel powers most rigs. Among frac fleets, the Apache executive estimated gas use is even lower: less than 1%.
He said a ...