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Cheap natural gas gains appeal for oil-field engines

Columbus Dispatch -- The biggest, baddest engines in the world, long chained to diesel fuel, are on the verge of a mass transformation because of cheap natural gas, and oil-field equipment holds particular potential, executives said during a recent summit of heavy fuel users and producers.

“Here’s the first reason that large engines are going (natural) gas,” said Joel Feucht, director of gas-engine strategy for Caterpillar’s energy and power systems division. “Large engines burn the most fuel. I could try to make it harder, but that’s pretty straightforward.”

Oil companies alone use nearly 1.2 billion gallons of diesel fuel a year just for pressure-pumping equipment that supports hydraulic fracturing, said David Hill, vice president of natural-gas economy operations for Encana Corp. Add the diesel used to po


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sparky808
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 12:24:55 PM

Thank you for posting.
qwerty17
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 8:19:49 PM

bring on the mass produced cng cars already.
slowtrain
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 4:42:55 PM

Natural gas will only be cheap until demand rises, then prices will rise.
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 3:34:24 PM

Developing a dual fuel pickup wouldn't be that big a trick, esp if you sacraficed some cargo space to the cng tank. The problem I see is Carburetor vs fuel injection. I know it could be done using a carburetor. With fuel injection and CAFE stanards along with the EPA may well kill the gasoline CNG dual fuel alterantive.
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 3:31:22 PM

been here done that.
ItisAJeepThing
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 3:21:27 PM

North America can become energy independent if we pursue increased use of abundant, cheap and clean American natural gas in the form of CNG as our primary alternative to all oil based fuels.

Start with large static engines near the source, then convert heavy duty cross country diesel truck engines to use CNG. This will reduce the price of diesel fuel for use in new high efficiency light trucks. This would put downward pressure on the price of gasoline for use in hew high MPG vehicles, hybrids and the older vehicles that most of us drive.



[Edited by: ItisAJeepThing at 10/1/2012 4:22:06 PM EST]
bearzz
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 3:21:11 PM

Unfortunately, demand does usually mean increase in price.
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 3:21:05 PM

About time
QuagmireLA
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 3:20:48 PM

Also the person ordering the polls for the media get to choose the sampling method. Random is almost never done. If you look into the details they are broken down by party. And often weighted toward the Dem party, for any number of reasons.
TRAIN RIDER
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 3:20:26 PM

It will be good for them to use a cheaper fuel. But do the engines last as long as diesels?
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 3:18:08 PM

Great until the demand for CNG starts to raise the price.
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Use it while it's cheap cause it'll go back up with more use.
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I would like to get a CNG auto, but no place to refuel.
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 3:15:24 PM

A poll on who you plan to vote for would be good here on GB
may not be random etc, but with over 20,000 normally filling in polls would be better than the polls the media does of less than 2,000
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 3:14:55 PM

It makes sense to convert them, since their power sources is being produced where they are being used.
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 3:14:46 PM

Old, old "news."
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 3:13:18 PM

more of the same .
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 3:11:57 PM

Oil companies are smart.
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 3:11:50 PM

Yes
greentre
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 3:11:38 PM

Good, but will this help lower fuel prices? Cost? Yes. Price at the pump? No.
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 3:10:53 PM

Finally, the oil companies themselves are realizing the economic savings by switching to natural gas from diesel. It's called eating your own dog food.
JimVP
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 3:09:23 PM

Watch for the speculators who drive up these prices.
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 3:08:46 PM

like we have a random sampling here.
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 3:07:09 PM

I'd like the next weekly poll to be a who are you planning to vote orf as next president? Obama / Romney / Someone else. Looks simple enough to do. Bet the poll results would make national news.
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 3:06:37 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 3:03:31 PM

Cleaner fuel. Just not available on every corner.
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As long as Obama is in charge we will never recover! Vote this anti-war, enviro nut, and big spender out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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WE NEED obama OUT
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 2:58:47 PM

There should be more natural gas/gasoline hybrid vehicles available.
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 2:54:48 PM

Seems like a win win no brainer.
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There are laws against using blowoff gas from oil wells.
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 2:45:42 PM

If natural gas is cheaper to use and more efficient then maybe we should be going this route.
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 2:43:46 PM

It has appeal for a lot of us, but not sufficient infrastructure to be viable yet for cars.
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 2:41:52 PM

Old news
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 2:41:25 PM

Sounds good to me.
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Good for them.
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 2:39:16 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 2:38:39 PM

good idea
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 2:37:13 PM

A division of our company built some d-watering pumps and they were powered by natural gas. That was 10 years ago!
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 2:37:01 PM

This is very similar to the report that was posted on this subject a couple of days ago.
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 2:35:00 PM

It certainly should!!!!
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 2:34:54 PM

Sounds good.
ZimaKC
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 2:25:52 PM

natural gas would be better than diesel
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 2:20:38 PM

Let`s get rolling sooner rather than later
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 2:19:03 PM

Here we go again...
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 2:18:53 PM

Good idea.
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 2:17:31 PM

Sounds good!
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 2:13:44 PM

Clean burning, reduced cost, a great fuel that we don't have to get from the Arabs. All we have to do is convert our engines to run it. Not a big problem.
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Drill, Baby, Drill....
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 2:10:04 PM

I LIKE CHEAP!
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 2:08:11 PM

sounds like a good plan
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