Oil & Gas contractors operate under budgetary constraints and time schedules which can be negatively impacted in wintertime. Halting or delaying work can lead to severe financial implications and contractors are usually required to maintain the highest safety standards, especially while using heating equipment. Having worked with oil and gas contractors across North America in the most severe environments, we have identified a set of important criteria contractors should consider while selecting temporary heaters.
There are three major types of heating technology available in the market - direct heating, indirect heating and flameless heating. The use of direct heaters which contain an open fire source are usually prohibited in sensitive environments where oil and gas contractors work. Indirect fired heaters, while safer, are usually less efficient when it comes to heat output and fuel consumption. An ideal heating technology should be safe, effective and fuel efficient. This is guaranteed by flameless heating technology.
A heater's static pressure design determines how far heater air can be delivered from the source. Usually, when temporary heaters are used in a project, contractors employ a fire watch as an additional safety measure. However, if the static pressure is high enough to deliver heated air from hundreds of feet away, the need for an expensive fire watch can be eliminated. Thus, static pressure becomes a key consideration that has an economic implication in addition to safety.
Environmental issues such as fuel spills need to be eliminated and emissions are under scrutiny in most environments. Ensuring that your equipment is 110% contained for all fluids in the system, understanding the frequency of required fueling intervals and operating equipment which burns the least amount of fuel are critical steps to manage these risks in the field.
This is the most important consideration from a financial standpoint. The equipment cost (rental or purchase) is actually a small percentage of the total project cost in utilizing temporary heaters in the field. Fuel consumption and service cost and frequency of intervals are critical cost factors that many times are not evaluated when choosing equipment for a project. For equipment operating 24/7 for three to four months, these costs can be up to 5-8 times the cost of a temporary heater. Choosing your solution that reduces these costs is the critical factor in reducing total project costs for temporary heat in the field.
Taking into account the considerations above, Cahill is your ideal partner for temporary heating. To ensure that contractors achieve 100% safety and fuel efficiency, Cahill has designed a flameless technology that delivers hot air using a patented engine design that burns with an efficiency of over 95%. Cahill's heaters have the highest static pressure in the industry which allows them to deliver heat to equipment from up to 500 feet away through multiple duct feeds. Our flameless product is clearly the safest option, and delivers the most effective heat when you need it most. Cahill's line of flameless heaters has a 110% fuel-containment system that ensures zero fuel spillage. Cahill also offers the most fuel-efficient heaters that consume between 3.3 and 5.3 gallons of diesel per hour. In projects requiring multiple heaters and running for the duration of a winter season, we have saved projects over a $1,000,000 in total temporary heating project by burning as much as 43% less fuel, reducing the number of heaters required and reducing service costs and downtime over the period of a heating season.
If you're looking for portable heating solutions or simply have questions about our products and services in the US and Canada, contact Cahill Heating at 1.888.356.1880 today.