Research uses landfill gas tech for Bakken flaring solution

By Patrick C. Miller, The Bakken Magazine.

A new technology that could help industry reduce the volume of flaring in North Dakota is being tested in the Bakken through the Environmentally Friendly Drilling (EFD) Program run by the Houston Advance Research Center (HARC).

The research is taking place at a Hess Corp. well site in the Blue Buttes area of McKenzie County using waste-heat-to-power technology developed by ElectraTherm Inc. of Reno, Nevada. The company is collaborating on the project with Gulf Coast Green Energy (GCGE), an ElectraTherm distributor headquartered in Bay City, Texas.

John Fox, ElectraTherm CEO, said that although the company has a great deal of experience in using its technology to turn waste gas into energy at landfills and waste water treatment facilities, this is its first gas flaring project.