A ModuleAir Air Cooled Condenser (ACC) developed and manufactured by SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc. will provide process cooling of exhaust steam as part of the power generation operation at the Red Leaf Resources, Inc. (Red Leaf) shale oil extraction process plant in Seep Ridge, Utah. Natural gas produced at the site will power two boilers serving a 7 MW steam turbine generator. The ModuleAir ACC will condense exhaust steam from the steam turbine and return condensate to the boilers through the use of dry cooling, thus eliminating water usage from the cooling process. The plant is expected to be operational in late 2015.
The innovative modular design of the ModuleAir ACC provides factory-assembled structural components, duct and heat exchanger bundles to shorten construction duration and reduce construction costs. Advantages of its advanced condenser design include improved performance during low ambient conditions and enhanced annual average power plant output. The lower height and smaller footprint of the ModuleAir ACC also reduce visual impact at the site.
Major benefits provided by the ModuleAir ACC include long term mechanical and thermal integrity, excellent corrosion and freeze resistance, low fan power consumption, reliable operation and low maintenance, elimination of water usage and flexibility in power plant site selection. The Red Leaf Seep Ridge plant will utilize the EcoShale® In-Capsule® Process developed and patented by Red Leaf, South Jordan, Utah http://www.redleafinc.com. The process involves heating mined shale in a closed surface impoundment or capsule to produce high quality feedstock. The production of high hydrogen content natural (produced) gas is a by-product of the extraction process.
The utilization of this produced gas for power generation represents captured value that would otherwise be lost potential in the shale-oil extraction process. The project requirements include the use of this produced gas for power generation. The environmental benefits of the EcoShale® process include limited water consumption, integrated reclamation, low emissions and protection of groundwater.