Kimray Rolls Out New Equipment to Limit Emissions
5/1/2012 11:17 AM
April 29, 2012
Kimray is selling a new electric glycol pump to help energy companies reduce emissions from dehydrating natural gas.
Kimray Inc. is going green.
The Oklahoma City-based equipment manufacturer has developed several new controllers to help oil and and natural gas producers limit emissions from their operations.
"We've utilized the best design and materials to withstand the rigors of the oil and gas production and will deliver services that are better than what our customers expect." CEO David Hill said. "We believe these products will be a real game changer for us as well as the oil and gas industry
Daniel Kraeer, Kimray's marketing manager, said producers are being driven by new regulations to cut emissions.
Kimray's biggest new product is an electric glycol pump, which Kraeer said is an alternative to the company's pneumatic pump for use in removing water from natural gas.
"It's kind of the standard for what it does," Kraeer said.
The pump is powered by an electric alternator. Kraeer said Kimray's old pump is still a good product, but now producers have an alternative.
He said the two pumps can be used together, with the older version serving as a backup.
Kimray also is poised to release its new hydroelectric actuator and electronic level controller.
Kraeer said the actuator lets valves open and close to regulate pressure without emitting any gas.
"It never has to vent anything into the atmosphere," he said.
The new Kimray actuator requires little power. It can run on a small solar panel that would allow operators to use a low pressure pump as well.
"As far as I know, no one else is doing it quite like this," Kraeer said.
Kimray still is testing the new product, but Kraeer said it will be available to customers soon.
The actuator works in conjunction with Kimray's new elctronic level controller, which floats in a vessel to signal a valve when the liquid inside reaches a certain level. It can be powered by the same solar panel as Kimray's hydroelectric actuator.
"It doesn't consume any gas, it doesn't vent any gas," Kraeer said.
He said Kimray has spent years developing the new greener products, using the company's experience in the field to create products that are durable, reliable, and easy to fix.
The new products are a little more expensive than similar devices, Kraeer said, but they stack up well with electric pumps that aren't made for use in the oil and gas industry.
Officials expect the new products to expand Kimray's business domestically and internationally.