Increasing challenges are being faced by the pipeline industry: variability in flow demand, infrastructure acceptance by local communities, pressure on transportation impact on gas commodity price. Therefore, pipeline operators need to continuously reposition their business and leverage modern technologies, to provide high transportation-reliability, greener solutions, and lower life cycle cost.
Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), has a legacy of turbo-machinery solutions that have been employed in pipeline applications for more than 60 years in 2 million km of pipelines around the world.
The modern “industrial” type NovaLT16 Gas Turbine (16,7 MW @ ISO conditions), is the latest evolution in the BHGE family of gas turbines, designed for lowest life cycle cost and emissions.
To achieve high reliability, a pre-industrialization validation campaign was held; it included: component-level testing, new and clean prototype testing, fully instrumented prototype testing and endurance testing.
A new approach of co-creation with a first-class pipeline operator company (TCPL) was also applied, through a close cooperation in the definition of the engine and package characteristics, in order to inject features capable of optimizing: reliability, maintainability, un-manned operation, and life cycle cost profile of the gas pumping station.
In its first installation for mechanical drive application, NovaLT16 has been running reliably since early November 2017—with healthy behavior in terms of transient response to load variations, low NOx emissions throughout wide load and ambient temperature ranges, bearings vibration amplitude.
The Pipeline Operator shared their technical evaluation and product experience with other peer Companies operating in other Countries.
Collaboration between BHGE and TCPL is continuing, to optimize servicing of the turbo-compression train and to further improve GT combustion technologies towards lower-and-lower emissions.