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MAN To Bring Motor-Compressor Systems To The Netherlands

Posted on June 10, 2011

MAN Diesel & Turbo Schweiz AG received a multi-million Euro contract from Abu Dhabi National Energy Co. PJSC (TAQA) for the delivery of compression technology for Bergermeer Gas Storage in Alkmaar, the Netherlands.

The scope of supply consists of six fully integrated, skid mounted high frequency motor-compressor systems, providing emission-free operation, the company said. Each 13 MW motor-compressor unit, with a weight of more than 80 tonnes, consists of a tandem compressor arrangement, generating a flow of 540 000 m³/hr.

The complete rotating assembly levitates in magnetic bearings and is installed in a hermetically sealed housing, eliminating the need for shaft seals and, as a result, emissions to the atmosphere, according to MAN Diesel & Turbo. The Bergermeer Gas Storage project will create an open access gas storage facility in Europe. Bergermeer Gas Storage will provide the Northwest European gas market with 4.1 billion m³ of seasonal storage, nearly doubling the Netherlands’ total storage capacity.

TAQA received the final statutory approvals and permits to construct and operate the facility in May. Bergermeer Gas Storage operations will start in 2013 with full commercial operations in 2014.

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