The Energy Workforce & Technology Council Well Stimulation Services Committee is developing a best practice document titled “Best Safety Practices – Hydraulic Fracturing with New Technologies and Innovation.” The Committee working group hopes to address the safe use of natural gas as an off-road fuel source while performing hydraulic fracturing services.
Aaron Hilber, VP of Power Solutions, NexTier, has led the working group in the development of these guidelines, which are the first of its kind for hydraulic fracturing operations. The document delves into specific instructions and examples of what is required to safely and properly use natural gas in hydraulic fracturing work.
As the overall safety mission states, “The best practices discussed within this document are focused on mitigating risk with natural gas are properly managing the pressures and temperatures, making releases easily detectable, and ensuring adequate setbacks to keep personnel and unclassified equipment away from potentially flammable environments.” Detailed descriptions of the technical requirements necessary to safely perform this work from beginning to end are thoroughly outlined in the document, as well.
The Well Stimulation Services working group has set an ambitious goal to have the document completed by the end of 2023. If your company performs hydraulic fracturing operations and would like to join the working group developing the best practices document, please reach out to Energy Workforce Director Government Affairs Deidre Kohlrus.
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