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First GE O&G Integrated Motor Compressor for German Storage Facility

Posted on November 8, 2007

New integrated motor compressor (ICL) technology developed by GE’s Oil & Gas business to provide operating and environmental benefits for its customers has been selected by the Etzel Gas-Lager (EGL) consortium for the expansion of the EGL storage facility in Germany. The EGL facility is owned by Statoil, E.ON Ruhrgas, Norsk Hydro, ConocoPhillips and Total.

E.ON Ruhrgas is developing the project together with E.ON Engineering, and Statoil is the operator of the facility, which will be used to store natural gas. GE Oil & Gas will supply a 8.3 MW ICL compressor driven by a high-speed electric motor and an associated electrical drive system provided by Converteam. Introduced by GE earlier this year, the ICL technology features an integrated system with a single casing for the compressor and motor and combines three proven technologies: centrifugal compression, active magnetic bearings and high-speed electric motors and drives.

“We are very pleased that the Etzel project will be the commercial launch site for our ICL technology,” said Claudi Santiago, president and CEO of GE Oil & Gas. “We have designed the ICL to address today’s growing requirements for reliability, pollution and noise control. The technology offers an innovative solution for gas storage, pipeline applications and upstream or downstream clean dry gas services up to 15 megawatts of power.”

“Expansion of its gas storage capabilities is part of E.ON Rurhgas’s strategy to support the growth of its gas business, “ said Markus Linnemann, head of Competence Centre Process and Surface Facilities for E.ON Ruhrgas. “The compressor selection is a key element to secure the success of this important project.”

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