Unconventional oil and gas developers are currently enduring economic and environmental pressures to produce oil and gas efficiently, safely, and cost-effectively in the remotely located operations of North America's shale plays. By employing alternative fuels, such as stranded natural gas found at the field, to power generators, operators can cut costs, increase production efficiency, and reduce harmful emissions levels.
However, common misconceptions about the ability to effectively use natural gas to power operations inhibit the adoption of this solution by much the oil and gas industry. This paper will present several common challenges to wider use of natural gas power. We will also provide case study examples to demonstrate how alternatively fueled temporary power generation is a viable option for getting operations up and running quickly and maintaining desired production levels.