PITTSBURGH and LAFAYETTE, La., Sept. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- EQT Corporation and Green Field Energy Services, Inc. today announced the successful completion of multiple fracturing stages using pumps powered by 100% "field" gas supplied directly from a nearby Marcellus natural gas well. The hydraulic fracturing was conducted on a well operated by EQT Corporation and located in the Marcellus Shale of Pennsylvania.
"We are excited to be one of the first to utilize a technology that allows us to power our equipment from one of our producing natural gas wells," said Steve Schlotterbeck, Senior Vice President and President, EQT Exploration & Production. "We're continually exploring ways to minimize impact to the environment by making our operations cleaner, greener, and more efficient. By eliminating diesel and using 100% field gas, we're able to reduce emissions of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and sulfur oxides; as well as decrease the amount of truck traffic on local roads."
Rick Fontova, President of Green Field Energy Services, stated, "Green Field is honored to find a partner in EQT who shares our goal of utilizing 100% clean burning natural gas for hydraulic fracturing. Our Turbine Frac Pump technology is unique in that it is capable of running on 100% natural gas, where others require the use of diesel. In addition, our proprietary Turbine Frac Pumps meet all of the current EPA Tier IV level emissions standards."
In 2012, EQT launched a pilot program to begin converting drilling rigs to natural gas, and has commissioned four to date. The first rig operates on liquefied natural gas (LNG), while the remaining three are powered by natural gas produced on site.
About EQT Corporation
EQT Corporation is an integrated energy company with emphasis on Appalachian area natural gas production, gathering, transmission, and distribution. EQT is the general partner and significant equity owner of EQT Midstream Partners, LP. With more than 120 years of experience, EQT continues to be a leader in the use of advanced horizontal drilling technology – designed to minimize the potential impact of drilling-related activities and reduce the overall environmental footprint. Through safe and responsible operations, the Company is committed to meeting the country's growing demand for clean-burning energy, while continuing to provide a rewarding workplace and enrich the communities where its employees live and work. Company shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange as EQT. Visit EQT Corporation at www.EQT.com.
About Green Field Energy Services
Green Field is an independent oilfield services company that provides a wide range of services to oil and natural gas drilling and production companies to help develop and enhance the production of hydrocarbons. The Company is a pioneer in the use of clean pumping technology in hydraulic fracturing. It became the first company to provide hydraulic fracturing services utilizing turbine-powered pumping equipment and is the only fracturing services provider using turbine driven fracturing pumps that have the capability of operating on 100% natural gas. Visit Green Field Energy Services on the Internet at www.GFES.com.
SOURCE EQT Corporation; Green Field Energy Services, Inc.