Global Impact: Boyle Energy technology used at power plants, refineries around the world

Last modified: 10/7/2014 12:20:02 AM
In 2003, Mike Boyle was dissatisfied with his company’s performance. So he changed direction, developed a brand-new technology and in 2012, debuted it in one of the largest fuel refining projects in the world.

Boyle’s new technology – which reduces the time spent transitioning power plants and refineries from construction to operation – saved Chevron six weeks of construction time and nearly $100 million, he said. Boyle received a patent for the technology in 2013.

The success of that project, a plant in Nigeria that transitions natural gas to liquid for easy transport, led to more and more work, and now, Boyle said, “if you see a power plant anywhere along the eastern coast of the United States, we had some hand in it.

“That first project was really just the right project at just the right time. We wanted to test out the new technology, and they wanted to give us a chance,” he said.

Boyle grew up in Massachusetts and started his company in Nashua after a career in the Navy. About 10 years ago, he moved the corporate headquarters to an office in the tower at 1000 Elm St. in Manchester. Boyle Energy’s equipment is built, serviced and stored in a plant on Locke Road in Concord.

About 15 of the company’s 60 employees work in New Hampshire. The rest are scattered across the country and around the world, and they telecommute, Boyle said.

“The internet was our answer to the relocation question. No one wants to leave somewhere warm to come to New Hampshire,” he said.

The company has worked in Bahrain, Mexico, Jordan and Peru, among other places.

The simplest way to think about Boyle Energy’s work is to compare it with a new house: You have to flush out all of the pipes to remove construction dust and debris.

It’s just that, in the case of high-tech, multibillion-dollar energy projects, the debris is microscopic and in miles of piping.

“Even a few bits of scaling from the inside of one of those pipes could foul the whole works, and it’s our job to get rid of every last bit,” Boyle said.

(Sarah Palermo can be reached at 369-3322 or or on Twitter @SPalermoNews.)

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