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Halliburton Goes Green with Bi-Fuel Trucks

Ten of nearly 100 CNG trucks located in Permian Basin
Odessa -- Going green seems to be becoming a trend in the oil industry. Just a few weeks ago we talked about how some companies are using solar powered light towers. Now, Halliburton is making an effort by fueling up their light duty fleet using natural gas.
 
The oilfield service giant recently announced the deployment of nearly a hundred Compressed Natural Gas vehicles across the US. Ten of those environmentally friendly vehicles are now located in West Texas.

"It's much more efficient. It's much less emissions. So it's just the time and the place for natural gas in the industry," said David Prather, Halliburton Permian Basin operations manager.
   
Dozens of Original Equipment Manufacturers bi-fuel trucks were recently purchased as part of a pilot program to be rolled out throughout Halliburton's U.S. operations. They hit the road here in the Permian Basin about two weeks ago.
   
One downside to the CNG-powered trucks is that finding a place to fuel them up isn't easy in West Texas. We could only find find three public CNG stations within 25 miles of Odessa. Halliburton is hoping this pilot program will help promote the benefits of fueling up with natural gas so there will be more places to fill up in the future. Still, one employee says, so far, it hasn't been an issue.

"Usually drive around an average of 200 miles on natural gas and then it swaps to gasoline. So it makes it very convenient not having to stop every day for fuel," said LeeRoy Rodriguez, Halliburton field service manager. All told, Rodriguez says the trucks can travel over 600 miles before they need to be refueled.
   
The benefits to Mother Nature are also very apparent. Halliburton says they emit roughly 90 percent less emissions than gasoline-powered vehicles.

"It's a wise choice. It's less emissions," said Prather. "That's one of the reasons the carbon footprint has kind of gone down this year because a lot of coal-fired plants with natural gas."
   
With a savings of around $5,100 per truck in annual fuel costs, the impact on Halliburton's wallet isn't too bad either.

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