Five microturbines for Colorado gas producer

By Mike Brezonick13 September 2022

Capstone Green Energy Corp. announced that Horizon Power Systems, the company’s exclusive distributor for the Rocky Mountains in the U.S. and Western Canada, has secured an order for five Capstone C65 microturbines to be installed at a remote natural gas wellsite in northwestern Colorado. The customer is a natural gas producer and the system system is expected to be commissioned and operational late this year.

Capstone microturbine Capstone distributor Horizon Power Systems will supply five C65 microturbines for a natural gas wellsite in northwestern Colorado. (Photo: Capstone)

Fueled by high-pressure natural gas (HPNG) produced on-site, the system will provide power to a saltwater disposal (SWD) facility at the wellsite. The microturbines will operate in dual mode, transitioning from continuous power to standby when needed.

The choice of Capstone microturbines met a key customer requirement for low emissions. As the first state in the U.S. to require oil and gas producers to reduce methane emissions, Colorado has implemented strict standards, which Capstone said its microturbines exceed. For added flexibility, Horizon Power Systems is fabricating a skid that will make it easy to transport the system to other wellsites. The skid will be able to accommodate another microturbine in the future when needed.

“The producer is committed to using clean power at its wellsites,” said Sam Henry, president of Horizon Power Systems. “Capstone microturbines are much easier and less costly than reciprocating engines to maintain. The producer won’t spend money on oil, diesel fuel, parts, and employee time each month to maintain the engine. Instead, the lower maintenance costs of microturbines can increase the gas producer’s bottom line.”

This is the latest in a growing number of deals Capstone has secured in the natural gas industry.

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