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Low Emissions Power Generation Using Natural Gas Condensates

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R. Joklik, L. Eskin, M. Klassen, R. Roby, M. Holton

Combustion Science & Engineering, Inc., Columbia, MD

T. Mallinson

Siemens Energy, Inc., Houston, TX

Paper No. GT2011-46674, pp. 685-690; 6 pages
  • ASME 2011 Turbo Expo: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 1: Aircraft Engine; Ceramics; Coal, Biomass and Alternative Fuels; Wind Turbine Technology
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, June 6–10, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5461-7
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


A Lean, Premixed, Prevaporized (LPP) combustion technology has been developed that converts liquid fuels into a substitute for natural gas. This fuel can then be burned with low emissions in virtually any combustion device in place of natural gas. This technology offers the possibility of using unprocessed oil-field Natural Gas Condensate (NGC) for local or export power generation using a DLN-equipped gas turbine rather than flaring, as is common practice in some regions. The ability to run a turbine on natural gas condensate with NOx and CO emissions comparable to those of natural gas has been demonstrated using a surrogate fuel made up from a mixture of naphtha (representing C4 and greater) and methane (representing <C4). The naphtha was vaporized using an LPP system, mixed with methane, and used to generate power in a 30kW Capstone C30 microturbine. The LPP Gas™ was tailored to match the modified Wobbe Index (MWI) of methane. NOx emissions in pre-mix mode on the surrogate NGC fuel were sub 5 ppm, indistinguishable from those when running on methane. CO emissions were sub 20 ppm, comparable to those on methane. At lower loads (in diffusion mode), NOx and CO emissions on surrogate NGC-based LPP Gas™ remain comparable to those on methane. No changes were required to the DLN gas turbine combustor hardware.

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