Electrifying Our Operations
We have long understood the benefits of natural gas as a fuel source in our operations and we were early adopters and regular users of dual fuel diesel/natural gas hydraulic fracturing fleets (frac fleets) alongside our conventional diesel frac fleets in our completions operations. In 2019, as part of our mission to become the operator of choice for all stakeholders, we launched a concentrated effort to find and incorporate into our completions operations equipment that is leading-edge in both its technology and its impact on our stakeholders.
We quickly realized that one of the most substantial things that could be done, both in terms of emissions and effects on stakeholders, was to replace our dual fuel and conventional diesel frac fleets with fully electric frac fleets that are powered by a natural gas turbine. We began transitioning to electric frac fleets in 2019, and we completed the full transition to electric frac fleets in 2020. From an environmental standpoint, we project that this transition has eliminated over 23 million gallons of diesel fuel from our operations annually. This not only improves our emissions profile, but also eliminates the spill potential associated with diesel and dual fuel frac fleets that require regular changes of motor oil and coolant to operate properly. From a stakeholder standpoint, electric frac fleets operate at a noise level comparable to ambient noise — significantly lower decibels compared to dual fuel and conventional diesel frac fleets. This benefits stakeholders that reside near our operations as well as our stakeholders that work in and around our equipment every day.
We have also been able to leverage the knowledge and expertise gained from implementing these next generation electric frac fleets into our operations and applied it to improving related equipment. For example, we were the first operator in the nation to completely eliminate hammer unions from our hydraulic fracturing operations. Hammer unions have been a known failure point in the industry for a long time, even spawning safeguards on this type of connection due to numerous failures. Eliminating hammer unions from our hydraulic fracturing operations decreases the risk of failed connections, thereby creating a safer work environment that requires less labor to deploy and has a lower operational cost. We were first in the nation to deploy a fully electric wireline unit to take advantage of the power generated on location and to decrease emissions and noise pollution while increasing reliability and uptime. These examples are just the beginning of our transition to the next generation of completions that fully utilize the electricity generated on our sites to power all operations and introduce innovation and technologies to further decrease our impact on the environment and our stakeholders.