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GE Engine Enters Full Operation In China

Natural gas engine powers high-speed recip compressor

Posted on April 2, 2013
Offering a 3% increase in gas compression compared to other machines in its class, the GE Waukesha 275GL+ gas engine drives a gas compressor at a compressor station in China.

Offering a 3% increase in gas compression compared to other machines in its class, the GE Waukesha 275GL+ gas engine drives a gas compressor at a compressor station in China.

A GE Waukesha gas engine has entered full commercial operation at the Chongqing gas field in China. The engine, a GE Waukesha 16 V 275GL+ with an output of 3605 kW at 1000 r/min, powers a high-speed reciprocating compressor, which is part of a compression station owned and operated by South West Oil & Gas Co. of the China National Petroleum Corp. The station, located in southwestern China, produces 2.8 million m3/d of natural gas.

The engine also provides a 3% increase in gas compression compared to other machines in its class, GE said. Over a five- to 10-year period, the 3% increase in gas compression represents a significant increase in the amount of gas that is compressed for pipeline transportation, the company said.

Additionally, the Waukesha 275GL+ natural gas engine produces lower greenhouse gas emissions relative to comparable natural gas engines. In one application, a Waukesha engine operating at the same horsepower as a competitive engine can avoid more than 1900 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year, equivalent to the annual CO2 emissions of more than 380 cars on U.S. roads, GE said.

The Chongqing project is being supported by a service center set up in Chengdu in 2008 by China Diesel Support Services Ltd., GE’s Waukesha gas engines distributor in China.