PowerCan®200 Fracking With Poland’s Shale Play

London, 27 January 2014

Injecting fracking fluids

Some of Europe’s biggest energy stories for 2014 will be centred around Poland, the UK and the shale gas business. Poland’s Lewino wells are set to become the first commercial shale play in Europe. As the Levino site produced nearly 1700 m³ of shale gas a day a permanent horizontal well is already planned for July 2014, it will mark the start for Poland’s shale industry and potentially bringing a new prosperity for the region

Poland’s Potential New Prosperity

All energy costs energy and resources to produce. For the purpose of extracting shale gas hydrocarbons are spent at the wellhead for fracking from the consumption of Diesel fuels. One fracking operations typically consumes 5 million gallons of groundwater [approximately 19,000 Cubic Metres of Water]. As Diesel fuel consumption in Poland needs to be imported as much of one third of the wealth produced in Poland’s Shale Fields will be exported. As Poland is fast becoming a dry country the cost of groundwater used for fracking has long since become a major issue for the Polish Environmental lobby.

Pitching Poland’s PowerCan®200’s For The Shale Gas Well Head

The PowerCan®200 is a Polish modular gasification system which converts renewable energy to produce electricity and heat in a combined heat and power plant [CHP].

The PowerCan®200 is fitted with a stationary CHP engine which uses synthesis gas rather than Diesel fuel. The modern gas Engine can not only perform as well as the Diesel Engine but it also has far lower emissions. Employing the PowerCan®200 at the Shale Gas Wellhead would mean using local Polish Biomass rather than imported Diesel as fuel.

PowerCan®200 application in Shale Gas means almost 100% of the economy used to extract Shale Gas is spent locally rather than exported to other oil producing nations. Adopting PowerCan®200 for shale gas in Poland and demonstrating its ability in Poland the largest regional Shale Gas market would not only create significant export opportunities for Poland securing jobs at the Polish Shipyards, it would show Poland where it should be “ahead of the game.”

PowerCan®200 manufacturers Poland’s shipyards are no newcomers to the Oil and Gas Industry in fact practically all of today’s prosperity at the shipyards comes directly from oil and gas projects in Norwegian fields and elsewhere. By 2015 mass production of the PowerCan®200 at the Polish shipyards should be in full swing. SOLIDEA Group see the Shale Gas industry as significant in both of its home markets in Poland and in the UK.

“PowerCan®200 technology is already produced and installed under HAZOP Oil and Gas conditions fully operational in United Kingdoms largest Oil Refineries.”

Energy Prices

Poland’s Shale Gas production is unlikely to produce lower gas prices for the Polish consumer any time soon. Firstly Poland’s Shale Gas exploitation will require importing significant financial investment and know-how from abroad. Secondly the delivery of any benefits of Shale Gas to end users will not happen overnight, it will take a long time before Poland and the Polish welfare system can really feel any financial benefits from Shale Gas.

A significant cost of Shale Gas exploitation is consumed in the energy used to extract Shale Gas not to mention the water that is consumed. By involving more Polish Industry in the exploitation of the Shale Gas Industry locally from the offset more local wealth is generated and less wealth is exported these two factors have an immediate impact on the local economy as well as the profitability and good local standing of the Shale Gas operation.

In the start up of Shale Gas operation the PowerCan®200 can convert Shale Gas into synthesis gas at the Shale Gas Wellhead, this obviates the need to flare any gas, any multiple of the PowerCan®200 setup can be attached to the local grid network [as each unit is 200 kWe] being modular a small device is created which can be connected to the electricity grid almost anywhere. The PowerCan®200 produces significant heat which can be used for a variety of purposes including local heating and the safeguard of water against ice.

The Shale Gas Dilemma

Poland potentially has the regions largest reserve of shale gas. Geological Expertise from within Poland and elsewhere estimate reserves at between 378 and 780 Billion Cubic Meters of usable Shale Gas reserve. This Shale Gas reserve is so significant it could provide Poland with as much as 50 years supply of natural gas. Both in the medium and short term Shale Gas has significant benefits for the Polish economy because any economy is only as stable as its ability to create or secure its own energy.

The commercial and economic realities of Shale Gas exploitation in Poland is that Poland has practically no expertise in the Shale Gas industry and it has no money to invest in the speculation of Shale Gas even if its for its own future and energy wealth.

Faced with the fact that the Shale Play in Poland could create incredible wealth [and even wealth ahead of the most optimistic predictions] and with an economic prosperity that energy independence could assure for more than two decades the Polish Government has found itself very much between a rock and a hard place.

The Polish Government like the United Kingdom Government has one shot at devising fair and reasonable ways of levying taxation on Shale Gas production in order to secure the benefits for the State and for its People for generations to come. In any event any decision cannot be of benefit to Poland and the Shale Gas prospectors

In the United Kingdom experts from Cambridge University have warned of the hazards of Shale Gas exploitation and especially that of environmental impact from gas leakage. Even in the best circumstances typically 2% of gas emitted to the atmosphere can be attributed to methane leakage. Methane which escapes into the atmosphere has a current carbon value in excess of 1,200 USD per tonne [because its 12 times more lethal than CO2] jointly with CO2 at 100 USD per tonne value it would mean a levy of more than £6 billion [Pound] per year for the Shale Gas industry in the United Kingdom a cost which would, no doubt deter much exploitation of less abundant wells.

Offsetting The Environmental Impact Of Shale Gas Exploitation

Petrochemical Giant BP recently issued a report which clearly indicates 23% increase in CO2 emissions by 2035 if we continue to burn gas the way we do today. 23% is bad news for the Shale Play, Poland and the United Kingdom who together are united in reducing the Carbon Lobby’s proposed 80% cuts by 2030. Scientists believe that a 23% increase in CO2 would take our environment beyond the point of no return and irreparable damage.

BP and other recent professional reports point to the catastrophic environmental damage currently caused in the United States by its uncontrolled Shale Boom.

“It is necessary for all us to take every action to reduce the impact of Shale Oil or Shale Gas on the environment. Any responsible government or commercial organization would seize every opportunity to reduce its carbon footprint putting the environment ahead of outrageous profiteering”    

The Polish manufactured PowerCan®200 demonstrate to considerably reduce the Impact Of Shale Gas and Shale Oil exploitation. As an energy device the PowerCan®200 has a much lower environmental impact than Diesel Generations sets. Wood-chip converted to producer gas then reformed as synthesis gas is practically all Hydrogen and Carbon Monoxide unlike Diesel it is free from particulates and other atmospheric concerns.

Full life cycle PowerCan®200 is impressive it has far lower CO2 emissions than any Diesel Generators. PowerCan®200 consumes locally produced CO2 neutral wood-chip. Full life cycle there are many advantages, because the PowerCan®200 uses local fuel far less energy is embedded in the process. The demand for wood-chip forest waste [not pellets] promotes better forest management, the feedstock for PowerCan®200 can come from numerous sources including cleaning up the national and state forests and even autumn leaves.

It is a fact the our forests need better care and attention, cleaning the forest floor and removing low branches rejuvenates the forest floor, creating a better environment for wildlife through promoting diversification of wildlife. The clearing of low hanging branches not only allows sunshine to an otherwise dead forest floor, it improves the ability of our forests ability to convert CO2 and creates a lot of biomass for PowerCan®200. Where forests are grown for building timber not firewood or paper pulp this method of maintenance is essential creating feedstock as you go benefits the environment and the economy.

Water Conservation In Fracking, No Longer A Concern

Typical fracking operations in the US today consume in the region of 5 million gallons of water. 5 million gallons of fresh groundwater is approximately equal to 19 million liters of water weighing approximately 19,000 tons. During conversion of biomass to producer gas PowerCan®200 emits 25% of the total feedstock weight as water [some gets evaporated but chemical water is also created]. The water produced is extracted from the feedstock normally this water would be yielded to the atmosphere so it is a positive alternative source of water. One PowerCan®200 produces approximately 1 ton of water per day.

As typical fracking operations requires far more than 200kWe electrical energy multiples of 6+1 PowerCan®200 operation are envisaged at the wellhead this arrangement consumes 6 x 4 tons of wood-chip per day it produces 1 x 6 tons of water per day to offset water consumed in the fracking operation and within 360 days of each yearly operation the 6+1 PowerCan®200 produces 2160 tons of water offset per year.

Local Consumer Friendly

In a recent UK study only 40% of the population stated that they found Shale Gas exploration intrusive, 40% said they did not mind and 20% could not make up their minds. Providing resource demand locally for wood-chip could most likely be instrumental in creating a favourable public opinion offsetting the water consumed could also be value added. PowerCan®200 is critical to the local economy because all of the energy consumed exploiting Shale Gas remains and most often is spent in the local economy.

PowerCan®200 produces charcoal and ashes as emission in significant quantities. Charcoal is produced which can be used directly for soil improvement, even for organic farmers and which can benefit any landscape. Because PowerCan®200 is a small scale “gasification system” it has no chimney and no smoke is emitted

A new PowerCan®200 will be in full production at the end of 2014. During the 2015 R&D program for PowerCan®200 the Polish PowerCan®200 team will develop the Concorde-FT companion. Concorde-FT produces food grade synthetic Diesel and Diesel Wax’s which can be created at the Shale Gas wellhead from conversion of PowerCan®200 synthesis gas or Shale Gas to GTL or GTW. Food grade means that the Diesel is very much different to that you will buy on the garage forecourt as it is food safe, free from the Carcinogens which make our domestic Diesel fuel lethal.

PowerCan®200 in 6+1 configuration provides a very reliable low capital cost energy solution for a variety of industries not just energy at the Shale Gas Wellhead. Because PowerCan®200 is modular it can be installed in any configuration starting with just one unit, because each of these unit can be moved and relocated at any time PowerCan®200 is most cost effective energy solution for Shale Gas and Shale Oil Exploitation.

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