Topic: Duel Fuel Ops in Hydraulic Fracturing and the Impact on ESG
Date & Time: Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020 11:30 AM
Location: Brookhaven College Geological Institute
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In the early days of dual fuel operations in hydraulic fracturing, the driving force was clear: cost savings. Now the motivations are a little more complicated with Environmental, Social, and Governance becoming more of a priority across the industry. While that has changed, the basis for safe and efficient operations have remained largely the same.
When talking about dual fuel there are a few questions that we need to ask. What are the realistic expectations when it comes to savings? How can we optimize those savings? Why dual fuel instead of other options? How does dual fuel compare to other technologies when it comes to emissions?
These questions and more will be addressed by drawing on Mike Michaelson’s firsthand experience with this technology dating back to 2012 when Universal Pressure Pumping deployed the first full dual fuel frac spread, as well as his research into what is the future of this and other technologies in the oil and gas industry.
Michael Michaelson started his career U.S. Navy in 1983 where he was trained as a Fire Control Technician in advanced electronics radar and weapon systems. Following his time in the Navy, Mr. Michaelson worked in various roles in equipment manufacturing and facilities management specializing in equipment reliability before joining Universal Pressure Pumping in 2009 where he currently serves as an engineer within the operations support group.
While at Universal Pressure Pumping Mr. Michaelson has played a key role in the development and implementation of the first full dual-fuel frac fleet in the United States, developed a “Fast Fuel” system to improve the safety and efficiency re-fueling, led engineering efforts resulting in a 186% increase in the life of carbon fluid ends, and project manager over one of the first Tier IV final fracturing fleets in the industry among many other things. Mr. Michaelson has also participated in a series of scientific investigations with a specific focus on the use of natural gas turbines for powering electric frac operations as well as direct driven fracturing pumps.
Currently, Mr. Michaelson is leading the Universal Pressure Pumping investigation efforts on the effects of Environmental Social and Governance (ES&G) on the oil and gas industry, what the drivers are and how it affects E&P and service companies; precisely evaluating fuel consumption and emissions from Tier II, Tier IV, Tier IV Dual Fuel engines and natural gas turbines.