Emissions Driving ICL Technology
Driven by electricity rather than gas ICL technology saves energy and avoids associated CO2 emissions. Using a typical 8 MW ICL rather than a comparably sized gas turbine-driven compressor can reduce CO2 emissions by 60% or more.
Introduced in 2007, integrated compressor line (ICL) technology from GE Oil & Gas is an integrated system with a single casing for the compressor and the motor. Driven by electricity rather than gas, ICL technology saves energy and avoids associated CO2 emissions.
Using a typical 8 MW ICL rather than a comparably sized gas turbine-driven compressor can reduce CO2 emissions by 60% or more. Levitated by active magnetic bearing, ICL units do not require a gearbox, lube oil system, shaft seals or external cooling system — enabling higher reliability and less maintenance at lower cost. Other benefits include a smaller footprint and smaller compression building, ease of installation, higher availability than a conventional electric motor-driven solution, a continuous double speed range that enables a wide operating range and a low noise level, in addition to low emissions.
GE Oil & Gas recently signed an agreement with Storengy, a GDF Suez Group company dedicated to the underground storage of natural gas, to supply four ICL units for the expansion
of two facilities in France. GE will provide one ICL unit for the Céré La Ronde site near Tours, France, and three units for the Saint Illiers site near Paris, France. The ICL units will be shipped from GE Oil & Gas facilities in Le Creusot, France, at the end of 2010, and will be installed at the project sites in mid-2011. Both projects are part of Storengy’s program to meet the emerging needs of the European natural gas market.
Storengy’s Chief Operating Officer Jean-Marc Guyot said, “GE’s ICL technology will deliver obvious performance, efficiency and environmental impact benefits to Storengy. In addition
to these factors, we selected GE because of the company’s commitment to fast delivery and installation.” Claudi Santiago, president and CEO of GE Oil & Gas said, “We’re delighted to be supporting Storengy on these important projects and also with the industry’s response to our ICL technology, which is now supporting compression projects in Germany, Austria and France.”
OMV Gas GmbH of Vienna, Austria, has also chosen to utilize ICL technology for their Neustift compression station. The station is a part of the extension of the Penta West Gas Pipeline, which is a key supplier of natural gas for Austria and bordering states. With this construction, the
capacity of the Penta West Gas Pipeline will be doubled. Under a contract of approximately
US$25 million, GE Oil & Gas will supply three ICL units, which are designed to offer operating and environmental benefits. Each ICL unit consists of a centrifugal compressor, high-speed motor, transformer and variable speed drive. The scope of the contract also covers spare parts, training and turnkey installation.
“We decided in favor of ICL technology because GE Oil & Gas is breaking new ground in emission technology and noise reduction,” said Hermann Lang, project manager of OMV Gas
GmbH. “After careful consideration of the sensitive location Neustift, ICL seemed to be the ideal technology to be used for the first time.”
“The project with OMV Gas GmbH, a central European gas company, is another example of the interest our customers are showing in technology that is designed to help the environment,” said Joe Mastrangelo, vice president of turbomachinery at GE Oil & Gas. “We have designed the ICL product line to address today’s growing requirements for reliability, pollution and noise control for oil and gas applications with clean, dry gas services up to 15 MW of power. The use
of ICL technology will help OMV meet Austria’s environmental requirements, which we expect to become increasingly stringent in the years ahead.”
The ICL units for the OMV – Neustift compression station will be manufactured and tested at GE Oil & Gas facilities in Le Creusot and will be delivered to the project site in August 2010, with
commercial service expected to start in early 2011.
ICL technology is powered by a Converteam motor and drive and has received GE ecomagination certification. Ecomagination is GE’s corporatewide commitment to address the need for cleaner, more efficient sources of energy, reduced emissions and abundant sources of clean water.