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Halliburton shows commitment to natural gas

Halliburton is turning to natural gas to slash operational costs.
BY JAY F. MARKS Modified: June 25, 2013 at 10:22 pm •  Published: June 26, 2013

Oil-field services company Halliburton is embracing natural gas.

The Houston-based company, which got its start in Duncan, showed off one of its dual-fuel pumping units and part of its growing fleet of bi-fuel pickups Tuesday in Oklahoma City.

Rick Grisinger, senior vice president for Halliburton's northern region, said the company is working closely with its clients to innovate in the ongoing shale revolution.

“We're excited to be where we are today, but it's just the beginning,” he said.

Grisinger said Halliburton was the first company with a fleet of hydraulic fracturing pumps, with each unit capable of running on a mixture of diesel and natural gas. That pilot program with Apache Corp. is expected to lead to additional units throughout North America.

Halliburton also is replacing aging vehicles in its fleet with bi-fuel trucks that can run on gasoline or compressed natural gas, Grisinger said. The company already has bought about 100 vehicles for use in seven states, including Oklahoma.

“These trucks will be used in our everyday business, hauling people and equipment,” Grisinger said.

Each vehicle will save Halliburton about $5,000 a year in operational costs, he said.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, who has built a coalition of more than 20 states to buy natural gas vehicles, praised Halliburton for its efforts to increase demand for natural gas.

“It's exciting to see your company incorporating an American-made source of energy,” she said.

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