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Greyrock announces Flare-to-Fuels system

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Greyrock has announced its Flare-to-Fuels™ system for the reduction or elimination of routine gas flaring. Using Greyrock's Direct Fuel Production™ technology, the Flare-to-Fuels™ system is designed to convert associated (flare or vented) gas into clean fuels. This system is sized for installation at well pads or other production facilities.

Gas produced together with oil during the production of crude oil, also referred to as associated gas, is often flared due to lack of pipeline and processing infrastructure. Flared gas produces CO2, NOx, black carbon/soot, and other pollutants. Impropertly operated flares can also vent substantial amounts of methane, which, according the EPA, is a greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than CO2.

The World Bank estimates that approximately 140 billion m3 (around 5 trillion ft3) of natural gas is flared annually resulting in the emission of more than 300 million t of CO2 to the atmosphere. Installation of Greyrock's Flare-to-Fuels™ systems to convert this gas rather than flare would result in the production of more than 18 billion gal./y of clean fuels.

Greyrock's was recently recognised with an R&D 100 Award, having developed one of the 100 most technologically significant new products of the year. Robert Schuetzle, CEO of Greyrock said, "Greyrock is excited to develop a new solution to address the problem of flared gas, helping our partners to conserve important energy resources while improving their environmental profile."

Adapted from press release by Francesca Brindle

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