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GE Energy Sells 100th MGV motor

Company now selling 10 MGV units a year

Posted on September 19, 2012

GE Energy Management’s Power Conversion business marked a milestone recently by selling its 100th Moteur Grande Vitesse (MGV) unit, which is a high-speed induction motor technology used in various gas compression projects worldwide.

GE’s MGV induction motor, which runs up to 20 000 r/min, is based on a patented design and has gained traction in the marketplace, with the company selling 10 MGV motors annually compared with one or two per year after the motors introduction in 1992.

GE’s MGV design features drive system efficiency, offering customers energy savings because there are no losses due to a gearbox, and it has a smaller footprint that enables it to be integrated into diverse environments, the company said. The motor either is provided with oil or magnetic bearings. In the magnetic option, as there are no lubrication auxiliaries, the magnetic bearings eliminate the optional oil lubrication systems for motors.

Another benefit is that GE’s MGV motors can be paired with GE Oil & Gas centrifugal compressors as part of an integrated compressor line (ICL) package that offers customers reduced production, delivery and installation schedules for upstream, midstream and downstream gas applications. It is available in a power range up to 20 MW, GE said.