OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma – GE is building a $125-million global oil and gas technology hub in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. GE Global Research scientists have spent the last year developing a breakthrough “waterless” fracturing method that unlocks oil and natural gas from shale with a mixture of liquid carbon dioxide and sand.
“The vast majority of existing fracturing operations now pump in millions of gallons of pressurized water to do the job,” said Mike Bowman, an engineer in the sustainable energy advanced technology lab. “But the new process could one day eliminate the need for it and make fracturing cleaner and more effective.”
Bowman works at GE’s research headquarters in Niskayuna, New York, but he will soon have dozens of new colleagues at the company’s new oil and gas technology hub in Oklahoma City.