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NOV launches electric fracturing fleet

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NOV has launched its new Ideal™ electric frac (eFrac) fleet, which reduces greenhouse gases and makes a substantial impact on total cost of ownership for operators.

The Ideal eFrac fleet provides an environmentally and socially responsible fracturing option that minimises sound and carbon emissions, offers a clean and simple rig up, and significantly increases power density while maintaining the redundancy that efficient frac operations require.

As fracturing operations have shifted to extended pumping operations throughout the day, conventional systems must work much harder, resulting in wear and tear on equipment and increased fuel consumption. While the systems have adapted over the years to comply with environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) and to improve functionality, these conventional fracturing systems have exhausted all potential efficiency gains.

Designed with ESG compliance in mind, the Ideal eFrac system makes an environmental impact through cleaner, more efficient equipment that still performs to expectations. When compared to conventional operations, the Ideal system reduces fuel costs by as much as 89% with wellhead natural gas-powered turbines and lowers CO2 emissions by up to 74% compared to Tier 4 fleets that flare gas.

With a smaller footprint, the fleet features 5000-hp, electric-driven pumps and fewer pump bores to service, further eliminating costs related to engines and transmissions. A reduced fleet size also means less equipment to transport, resulting in up to 42% less roadway traffic and further reducing carbon emissions.

Risks and complexity in all areas—from electrical hook up to rigging iron—have been reduced to produce a organised, simple-to-understand system. The fully remote-operated frac fleet uses intelligent machine monitoring and analytics, centralising knowledge to a single location on the well pad and removing personnel from hazardous equipment and environments.

“Fracturing is a costly and mechanically intensive operation. We wanted to look for the next technology platform that our customers can build their business around, and the Ideal frac fleet is a major step forward in reducing total cost of ownership and simplifying the fracturing process,” stated Travis Bolt, product development manager.

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