Flare-powered data center developer gains $70M

By Luke Geiver | December 10, 2019

Crusoe Energy Systems Inc., a technology-driven flare mitigation provider has closed on $30 million in equity funding and $40 million in project financing for a combined $70 million in new capital targeting the rapid expansion of Crusoe's proprietary and trademarked Digital Flare Mitigation technology and services. The $30 million equity round was led by existing investor Bain Capital Ventures and new investor The KCK Group with additional participation from Founders Fund, Winklevoss Capital and Polychain Capital. The $40 million project financing was led by New York-based credit fund Upper 90. Bain Capital Ventures and KCK Group will join the Crusoe board alongside the company's co-founders.

Crusoe marries technology-empowered solutions with one of the modern oil industry's greatest environmental challenges, which is the flaring of natural gas. Crusoe uses natural gas that would have otherwise been burned in the air as a "flare," and instead powers modular, mobile computing systems designed specifically for the oilfield. In addition to reducing waste, this solution also helps energy companies to significantly reduce emissions.

"Today's announcement paves the way for Crusoe to deliver the energy industry with a scalable solution for the natural gas flaring challenge and to execute our vision of a low-cost distributed computing cloud," said Chase Lochmiller, CEO and co-founder of Crusoe. "The Crusoe team could not ask for a more supportive group of investors, and we are excited to deploy this new capital into our rapid scale-up of our Digital Flare Mitigation technology throughout North America."

"Crusoe has demonstrated its capability for high-caliber, safe and efficient operations since we led the team's seed financing in early 2019," said Stefan Cohen, principal at Bain Capital Ventures. "Over this time, we've gained confidence in Chase, Cully and the growing Crusoe team, and strongly believe in their ability to tackle the energy industry's flaring dilemma in this next stage of company growth. There is now a proven and scalable alternative to flaring, and Crusoe's trajectory is also poised to produce exciting new cloud computing resources for the technology industry." 

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

Proven Reliability For Energy Producers. Crusoe DFM modules are already reducing flaring for public and private energy producers, and have operated with high reliability across multiple states through harsh "bomb cyclone" winters and record-setting summer heatwaves.

Scalable for a Range of Use Cases. Crusoe has agreed to the deployment of up to 40 DFM systems through the first half of 2020 with a view towards further growth thereafter. Crusoe systems are expandable from tens of thousands of cubic feet per day up to multiple millions of cubic feet per day, meeting the challenges of today's remote oilfield operations. 

Fast and Simple Deployments. 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.

Environmental Benefits. In addition to reducing resource waste and the visual impacts of flaring, Crusoe's DFM systems generate significant emissions benefits including large reductions of NOx, CO, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and methane.

Experienced and High Quality Team. Crusoe's team combines oil and gas operations veterans with decades of experience in the oil patch alongside top-tier technology developers who are building the future of distributed cloud computing.

For more on Crusoe Energy’s rise in the oilfield industry, check out our previous coverage here and here.