GE Oil & Gas (GE) has secured a contract from Total E&P Norge for the deployment of its first high-speed direct drive motor-compressor solution to Total’s new offshore production platform on the Martin Linge oil and gas field, offshore of Norway.
As part of the contract, GE will supply four complete, variable frequency drive high-speed electric motor and centrifugal compressor packages to the oil platform.
Each package combines advanced centrifugal compressor technology on active magnetic bearings (AMBs) from the oil and gas division and high-frequency variable speed drive and high-speed motor technology from its Power Conversion business, GE stated.
Among the four packages, one comprises of a specified configuration that allows a central high-speed electrical motor to drive both the centrifugal compressor and two-section compressor together from two ends.
GE said that the new contract demonstrates its ability to provide an integrated, single-source solution by leveraging the company’s experience in power conversion and solutions driving compressors with high speed.
The standalone field development at the Martin Linge gas field, which is situated about 150km west of Kollsnes in the northern part of the North Sea, is slated to go onstream in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Total submitted its Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) for the field in January 2012, which was approved by the Parliament of Norway – The Storting – in June 2012.
Investments in the Martin Linge gas field are believed to be about NOK26bon ($3.6bn) and the recoverable reserves are estimated at amounting to 189 million barrels of oil equivalents.
GE also said it considers the Martin Linge project as a key industry reference for its direct high-speed driven compressors with AMBs.
Image: Total will use GE’s new high-speed driven compressor technology. Photo courtesy of Divulgação Petrobras / ABr.