Compressor technology for Penta West pipeline

GE Oil & Gas has been selected by OMV Gas to supply integrated compressor line (ICL) technology for the Neustift compression station, which is part of the expansion of the 95 km Penta West Gas Pipeline.

With this construction, the capacity of the Penta West Gas Pipeline, which is a key supplier of natural gas for Austria and bordering states, will be doubled. The pipeline branches off from the 245 km West Austria Gasleitung (WAG) Pipeline at Oberkappel, Upper Austria, and runs along the border between Austria and Germany to Burghausen in Bavaria.

Under a contract of approximately $US25 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.

The units will be manufactured and tested at GE Oil & Gas facilities in Le Creusot, France, and will be delivered to the project site in August 2010, with commercial service expected to start in early 2011.

OMV Gas Project Manager Hermann Lang said “We decided in favour of ICL technology because GE Oil & Gas is breaking new ground in emission technology and noise reduction. After careful consideration of the sensitive location Neustift, ICL seemed to be the ideal technology to be used for the first time.”

ICL 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 carbon dioxide emissions. Using a typical 8 MW ICL rather than a comparably sized gas turbine-driven compressor can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 60 per cent or more.

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