Crusoe Energy's flare-powered data centers expanding in US shale

By Crusoe Energy | August 19, 2019

Crusoe Energy Systems Inc., a technology-driven flare mitigation provider, is now operating five Digital Flare Mitigation systems in North Dakota, Wyoming and Colorado, and has agreed to provide up to ten additional systems for deployments in Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota by the end of 2019. Across its existing projects, Crusoe has already eliminated more than 25 million cubic feet of natural gas flaring, significantly reducing air emissions for local communities as well as regulatory challenges faced by oil and gas companies.

Crusoe marries technology-empowered solutions with one of the booming oil industry’s greatest environmental challenges. Crusoe uses gas that would have otherwise been burned in the air as a “flare,” and instead powers modular, mobile data centers designed specifically for the oilfield. In addition to reducing waste, this solution can also help both oil companies and pipeline operators to significantly reduce emissions.

Crusoe’s operational milestones demonstrate a successful, cost-effective solution for remote natural gas flare mitigation at the wellhead with reliability and scale:

Crusoe’s flare mitigation technology is scalable from tens of thousands of cubic feet per day up to millions of cubic feet per day, meeting the challenges of today’s remote oilfield operations. Crusoe produces a range of DFM modules beginning with systems sized for 70,000 cubic feet per day and scaling to systems designed for 300,000 cfpd and deployable in series up to millions of cfpd. Crusoe’s DFM modules have now run with high reliability across three states through an extremely harsh “bomb cyclone” winter as well as summer of record-setting heat waves. 

DFM service is quickly deployable anywhere in North America including major shale oil centers such as the Permian Basin, Bakken, Denver Julesburg Basin, Powder River Basin and Uinta Basin. 

Crusoe is funded by institutional investors including Bain Capital Ventures, Founders Fund and Winklevoss Capital. 

Cully Cavness, president of Crusoe, The Crusoe team is growing quickly, and together we are focused on scaling this business because each Crusoe project in the field translates into a significant reduction of resource waste and emissions. That is a very motivating mission for our team.”

"At Enerplus, we promote creative and innovative thinking, and leverage technology to drive value. Crusoe’s work is a good fit for our approach. We worked with them to identify a location without gas pipeline service that would potentially benefit from their digital flare mitigation technology. Following a two-well pilot project, Crusoe’s system has increased our ability to capture gas by approximately 400,000 cubic feet per day,” said Terry Eichinger, vice president of US operations and engineering at Enerplus Corp.

Scott Nolan, partner at Founders Fund, said: "Crusoe’s digital flare mitigation solution has quickly proven itself as a scalable, reliable, environmental and cost-effective solution. By marrying the power demand of today's digital computing platforms with the gas glut faced by America's shale producers, Crusoe creates the type of win-win that we’ve seen change industries before. We’re excited to be backing the Crusoe team as they expand their digital flare mitigation services across the oil and gas industry."