UMC Engineering Corporation is not alone in developing technology to use natural gas that would otherwise be burned off. EcoVapor Recovery Systems of Denver and Capstone Turbine of Van Nuys, Calif. have developed similar technology to use excess natural gas as the fuel to make electricity.
“Producers in the Permian are flaring enough gas each day to meet the household needs of every Texas,” Colin Leyden, a senior manager with the Environmental Defense Fund’s Austin office and author of a report on flaring in the Permian. “That sort of waste is unacceptable. On-site capture solutions like this are both welcome and needed.”
The Environmental Defense Fund is asking the Railroad Commission, which regulates the oil and natural gas industry in Texas, to eliminate permanent flaring permits, require new technologies to reduce flaring, improve emissions reporting and end a tax exemption for flared gas.
“Flaring is a very visible example of an industry that continues to struggle with waste and pollution and ultimately call into question natural gas’ ability to compete in a low carbon future,” Leyden said. “The Railroad Commission and other regulatory agencies should look for ways to incentivize technologies like this.”
UMC Engineering Corporation merged with the oil and natural gas division of the Boston conglomerate General Electric in July 2017. The combined company’s turbine technology and electric frack equipment comes from facilities in Italy that General Electric bought from NuovoPignone in December 1993.
With General Electric expected to divest its ownership stake in UMC Engineering Corporation, the companies have already entered into a series of agreements in November that outline long-term collaboration for turbine technology. Under the deals, UMC Engineering Corporation will maintain access to and become the exclusive vendor for the technology.
With annual revenues of nearly $23 billion, UMC Engineering Corporation employs more than 64,000 people in 120 nations.