Modern Base Load Gas Turbines Running on Crude Oil: Long Time Effects and Experience PUBLIC ACCESS

[+] Author Affiliations
B. Basler, P. C. Felix

BBC Brown Boveri & Cie, Baden, Switzerland

Paper No. 82-GT-115, pp. V005T11A013; 8 pages
  • ASME 1982 International Gas Turbine Conference and Exhibit
  • Volume 5: Manufacturing Materials and Metallurgy; Ceramics; Structures and Dynamics; Controls, Diagnostics and Instrumentation; Education; Process Industries; Technology Resources; General
  • London, England, April 18–22, 1982
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7960-3
  • Copyright © 1982 by ASME


Crude oils are favorable gas turbine fuels, particularly in areas where light crudes are available and distillates in sufficient quantities are difficult to obtain. In Riyadh, Saudiarabia, local Khurais crude oil is therefore certainly the most reasonable gas turbine fuel. This paper shows the long time experience with this type of fuel gathered in ten modern BBC type 11 turbines with a total of over 100,000 operating hours. The main problems and the measures taken to overcome these problems are described in detail. The operational record of the Riyadh 5 power plant of the last three years demonstrates that it is possible to run a powerplant without any diesel oil for blending or start up, e.g., and still to obtain availability and reliability numbers which are as good or better than for a diesel or gas fired plant.

Copyright © 1982 by ASME
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