Oil fields are now using wind power as supplemental energy to extract petroleum. Doyon, Limited has installed two 100-kilowatt wind turbines on the Doyon Drilling pad in Deadhorse.
The turbines are intended to provide supplemental power to Doyon Drilling’s warehouse and will assist in offsetting their electricity usage.
Based on wind data history in the area, it estimates an average daily output of 1,440 kilowatt-hours from both wind turbines. This is estimated to be equivalent to greenhouse gas emissions from 100 gallons of diesel consumed, the Native-owned company said. It did not say how long it would take to recover the cost of the wind turbine and the installation, but it is a first in Alaska’s Arctic oil fields.
“This project is the first of its kind on the North Slope,” said Andrew J. Honea, Doyon Drilling President and General Manager. “I’m proud that Doyon Drilling is part of this monumental milestone.”
It’s wonderful to see this project come to life,” said Tanya Kaquatosh, Doyon, Limited Senior Vice President of Administration. “The wind turbine project is part of Doyon’s sustainability initiative and aligns directly with our corporate value of long-term sustainability.”