Linde Expertise and Infrastructure Enable First Use of Liquefied Natural Gas to Power Full Hydraulic Fracturing Spread

  Linde Expertise and Infrastructure Enable First Use of Liquefied Natural Gas
  to Power Full Hydraulic Fracturing Spread

Business Wire

MURRAY HILL, N.J. & NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J. -- January 15, 2013

Linde North America, a global leader in the growing liquefied natural gas
(LNG) fueling market, has provided the equipment, services and LNG for the
first-ever commercial hydraulic fracturing operation fueled by a combination
of diesel and economical, clean burning liquefied natural gas. The 12-pump,
24,000 horsepower fleet is the largest dual-fuel project ever conducted and is
the first involving the conversion of an entire hydraulic fracturing fleet.

Linde’s decades of extensive experience supplying cryogenic gases to the
upstream oil and gas industry and LNG logistics know–how were instrumental to
the success of the dual–fuel application.

“Hydraulic fracturing often involves large-scale, high fuel consumption
operations that would benefit from the use of economical, cleaner-burning
natural gas,” noted Earl Lawson, head of Energy Solutions for Linde North
America. “We welcomed the opportunity to overcome the logistical challenges
posed in this fast-moving environment to successfully supply the LNG fuel,
storage and vaporization equipment and services that enabled an entire
fracturing fleet to convert to a dual-fuel solution. This project proves the
feasibility, safety, effectiveness, efficiency and logistical benefits of
using LNG in high horsepower applications.”

“Taking advantage of the abundance of clean-burning, inexpensive natural gas
in the U.S. is good for our economy and our environment,” said Mike Bahorich,
Apache’s executive vice president and chief technology officer. “We selected
Linde for this challenging assignment based on its broad experience in
supplying LNG to oil and gas operations and its focus on safety and
operational excellence. Linde went the extra mile to ensure the success of
this first, full conversion of a hydraulic fracturing fleet to a combination
of LNG and diesel fuel.”

The project involved multiple participants. Apache Corporation teamed with
Halliburton to develop a technical solution for converting its pumping
equipment to a dual-fuel system capable of using natural gas, and Caterpillar
provided the engines used to power Halliburton’s high horsepower pumps. Linde
established the safe and efficient gas supply system, provided the liquefied
natural gas for the operation and supported the effort with field and remote

For more information on Linde’s LNG services, visit

About The Linde Group

Linde North America is a member of The Linde Group is a world-leading gases
and engineering company with around 62,000 employees in more than 100
countries worldwide. In the 2011 financial year, Linde generated revenue of
EUR 13.787 bn. The strategy of the Group is geared towards long-term
profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business
with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its
shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment – in
every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. The
Group is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of
customer value and sustainable development.

For more information, see The Linde Group online at


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