The following blog post, by Anya Litvak with the Pittsburgh Business Times, highlights the success of ECA’s bi-fuel rig in Greene County, Pa.
ECA, in conjunction with Helmerich and Payne International Drilling Contractors (H&P), has successfully employed a bi-fuel power system on a rig drilling in the Marcellus Shale. H&P Rig #284 is drilling for ECA in Greene County, PA and already utilizes low impact pad drilling which complements the use of bi-fuel technology. Bi-fuel systems are capable of running off two fuels and have the ability to switch from diesel to a natural gas/diesel blend when drilling a well. There are currently 108 horizontal rigs operating in the state of Pennsylvania and we believe that our rig is the only one running on a combination of natural gas and diesel. This particular rig, H&P Rig 284 (see picture), is powered by a blend of natural gas (50%) and diesel fuel (50%) and has provided ECA with a cleaner and safer alternative to drilling our wells.