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Solar Turbines Announces Shipment of 5000th Gas Compressor

Posted on May 27, 2008

Solar Turbines Incorporated recently celebrated a significant landmark in the history of the company when the 5000th centrifugal gas compressor was shipped from their San Diego, California, manufacturing facility. The compressor was shipped to MEGAL, a gas transport joint venture company of German E.ON Ruhrgas and French Gaz de France for installation at the Megal Gernsheim compressor station near Frankfurt, Germany.

The gas compressor is a model C65 direct driven by a Titan 130 gas turbine, and will join three other C65 compressors direct driven by a second Titan and two Mars gas turbines, providing natural gas to the European community. The C65 will operate at 12 090 kW and compress 37.5 x 106 Nm3/day of natural gas from a suction pressure of 58 bar to a discharge pressure of 74.5 bar.

Klaus Jordan, head of the machinery section at E.ON Ruhrgas AG acknowledged Solar's major milestone, saying, "You have shown that you have the right product for our application, mainly transport and some storage facilities as well. We look forward to a lot of more business opportunities together with you, and on the other side, we also wish you a lot of luck in selling the next 1000 compressors and, of course, the driving gas turbines."

The C65 compressor design has come a long way since that first Solar centrifugal gas compressor, the C16, driven by a Saturn gas turbine engine, was built and shipped in 1961. Then, the customer was Trunkline Gas and the compressor set was installed on Trunkline's transmission line in Mississippi.

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