Worldwide Power Products, a power-generation equipment provider to industrial and petroleum customers worldwide is now offering an enhanced version of its generator-sizing service for oilfield locations such as drilling and pumping sites. The service includes analyzing wellhead gas and making recommendations for how operators can best utilize it with a gas generator set.

“Well-head gas, which is a byproduct of drilling for oil, can be used for natural gas and bi-fuel generator sets in many cases,” said WPP vice-president of sales and engineering Dave Vennie. “WPP not only can determine if the gas is adequate for fuel in gas engines, we can also size the engine precisely to both the fuel source and the application.”

First, WPP evaluates the fuel source for composition. Byproduct gas contains a variety of gases, along with moisture and other impurities. WPP reviews the percentage of moisture and impurities to determine what treatments the byproduct gas requires. This determines if the gas is an adequate fuel source for natural gas engines. It then determines the appropriate methane number and BTU levels of the fuel to confirm the appropriate engine setup.

WPP then evaluates the specific application of the intended use for the generator, including motor loads, environmental conditions and other factors to find the right generator solution. WPP can also perform engine rebuilds or add oilfield accessories the operator requires.

“Until recently, many operators have flared off byproduct gas, wasting this valuable resource,” added Vennie. “When oilfield operators can burn it to generate power for production activities such as pumping, it’s a win for both the operator and the environment.”

Worldwide Power Products is based in Houston.