By Renny Mackay
Casper, Wy –
The Rocky Mountain Oilfield Testing Center is finishing up a trial project that produces electricity from hot water extracted during oil production. The test has been taking place at the Teapot Dome in central Wyoming for the last year. Public relations manager for the testing center, Jim Nations, says this same technology could be used at thousands of other oilfields around the world.
"People I'm sure are looking at this and saying this makes a lot of sense, instead of treating this water as a waste stream and not getting any benefit out of it; it makes sense to capture the heat out of this and lower the costs of operating an oil or gas field by producing electricity on site."
Nations says the U-S Department of Energy has decided to purchase the geothermal unit so they can continue testing the technology.