Russian gas giants benefiting from Capstone micro turbines

Capstone Turbine Corporation has announced it received additional orders from BPC Engineering for associated gas to energy projects in the Nikolskoye oilfield in Russia.

Capstone's Russian distributor BPC Engineering is supplying the equipment for the second stage of the distributed microturbine power station at the Nikolskoye oilfield owned by Bogorodskneft, a subsidiary of Jukola-neft.

The power station is intended for associated gas utilization and power supply for custody transfer facility at the Nikolskoye oilfield located in the Saratov Region.

This project will allow Bogorodskneft to avoid environmental penalties for excessive gas flaring that came into force in January 2012. Capstone microturbines made unnecessary the installation of an additional gas treatment facility for gas engine generator sets.

"The Capstone microturbines utilizing this associated gas provide very low cost of power generation - about 0.9 -- 1.2 rubles per kW and a short payback period of three to five years," said Alexander Skorokhodov, BPC Engineering CEO.

"Associated gas utilization for power will allow Russian Oil and Gas customers to avoid costly emissions penalties and to significantly reduce power costs at the oil field level. The electricity generated by the microturbines covers nearly all the energy needs of the oil field and allows the site to use the electric grid as a backup power source for peak loads," added Jamison.

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