Texas Gas Rejuvenates Compressor Station
GE Oil & Gas has replaced-in-kind a gas turbine at a Texas Gas Transmission, LLC pipeline compression station in Mississippi, U.S.A., using technology designed to revitalize and recover performance with improved efficiency.
Commissioned in 1969, the original GE Frame 32H gas turbine had operated successfully at the Lake Cormorant compression station for more than 200 000 hours. The next scheduled outage brought an unknown repair scope due to end of life issues for turbine discs, buckets and other hot gas path components.
When the company decided make a long-term investment that would revitalize the original package, Texas Gas turned to GE to upgrade the technology in a project valued at more than US$4 million, designed to leverage technologies from GE’s fleet of Frame 5, 6 and 7 gas turbines. GE incorporated new design features into a newly manufactured replacement Frame 32J machine for the Lake Cormorant station, increasing efficiency by 2%. The new unit is currently in full-speed, full-load operation and Texas Gas has ordered a second unit, scheduled for October 2010 delivery.
Texas Gas Transmission operates a long-haul interstate natural gas pipeline that moves gas from Gulf of Mexico supply areas to Midwestern and Eastern U.S. gas markets. Texas Gas is a wholly owned subsidiary of Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP of Houston, Texas.
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