By Brian Albright, Field Technologies magazine
Chesapeake Energy is the second largest producer of natural gas, the 11th largest producer of oil and natural gas liquids, and the most active driller of new wells in the U.S. The Oklahoma Citybased company operates some 19,000 wells across the U.S., and to monitor and maintain those wells, Chesapeake operates a fleet of 4,000 light duty trucks, which employees use to drive to well sites to monitor initial site construction and track production once the wells are completed.
The company knew that an automated fleet management solution could help better manage its vehicle assets and save costs, but Chesapeake wanted to do more than just optimize asset utilization. Management wanted a better view of how the trucks were being used to help improve compliance with its driver safety programs, as well as to reduce fuel consumption by eliminating unnecessary idling. And with the archived location data, the company works with fueling retailers to place new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling pumps along strategic routes as Chesapeake transitions its fleet to run on CNG.