Aggreko exceeds record 2GW of live gas generation capacity

By Dominic Ellis
Increased demand for flare gas to power projects has seen Aggreko deliver more than 210 projects worldwide

Aggreko has exceeded a record of 2GW of live gas generation capacity amid increased demand for flare gas to power projects.

With a global focus on flaring reduction spearheaded by initiatives such as the World Bank’s Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership (GGFR), Aggreko has delivered more than 210 projects worldwide, including an offshore project in Indonesia that harnessed flare gas to generate 27 weeks of reliable power supply for an offshore microgrid.

In the Middle East, Aggreko is currently delivering a project that’s repurposing 40 million standard cubic feet of APG per day, reducing the operator’s flaring by a third and saving 840 tonnes of carbon emissions daily.

Alongside its flare gas operations, Aggreko has driven growth by leveraging its expertise in modular gas to power solutions, engineering an innovative way to monetise stranded gas.

Examples include three North American cryptocurrency mining projects, where Aggreko provided the miners with a reliable source of low-cost flare gas to power for their bitcoin mining operations. These projects avoided carbon emissions in a sector which has received global criticism for its energy demands and questions around sustainability. In one of these partnerships, enabled by BYO Energy with Wyoming Mining, Aggreko is converting 1 mmscf/day of stranded gas into 4MW of continuous low-cost electricity for the miners.

With the GGFR pushing for an end to routine flaring by 2030, Aggreko anticipates significant further growth and is investing more than £200m to increase the size of its gas generation fleet as part of its overall commitment to achieve Net Zero in its own operations.

Aggreko aims to reduce the amount of diesel fuel used in customer solutions by 50% by transitioning them to gas, and continuing to repurpose waste gas into power. The company is also extending its service offering, including expanding to CNG, LNG and LPG virtual pipeline solutions, with several projects already supported by this ongoing investment.

Billy Morley, Global Head of Oil and Gas at Aggreko, said flare gas serves no productive purpose yet accounts for around 400 million tons of all CO2 equivalent emissions – enough to power Sub-Saharan Africa.

"This wasted energy can be repurposed to supply electricity in countries that need it the most, and we are working with customers around the world to provide solutions to deliver such services to a range of projects and requirements," he said. 

"This forms an important part of Aggreko’s sustainability commitments by offering competitive cleaner technologies and fuels that guarantee reliability of supply as alternatives – for example, we are seeing gas displace diesel in more projects than ever before.

Whether it’s through enabling collaboration with other industries such as cryptocurrency mining, utilising virtual pipelines to move the gas to other power demands or, participation in environmental programmes, Aggreko stands ready to design and deliver these solutions and expects continued growth as a result.”

The Glasgow headquartered firm is a Principal Partner for TEDxGlasgow which aims to put a spotlight on the best ideas across Scotland and amplify them to a global audience in the hope of bringing about systematic change.

This is the latest step in Aggreko’s efforts to build a more sustainable future, after announcing last year commitments to reduce local emissions and diesel emissions by 50% by 2030 and to become a net zero business across all operations and services by 2050.  

Dan Ibbetson, MD of Global Products and Technology for Aggreko, said: “We are committed to helping to drive forward the energy transition, which includes supporting our customers shift towards greener power solutions."

The company recently partnered with the 43rd Ryder Cup to provide a complete power solution for the international golf championship. 


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