The Development of Cost Effective Gas Turbine Installations Offshore PUBLIC ACCESS

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William P. Hancock

T.K.S. A/S, Stavanger, Norway

Paper No. 94-GT-114, pp. V003T07A004; 7 pages
  • ASME 1994 International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 3: Coal, Biomass and Alternative Fuels; Combustion and Fuels; Oil and Gas Applications; Cycle Innovations
  • The Hague, Netherlands, June 13–16, 1994
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7885-9
  • Copyright © 1994 by ASME


The paper describes the application and development of the offshore gas turbine from its infancy on Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela up to the current mature technology. North Sea developments are described, particularly in the Norwegian sector which was an important contributor to advancing the state of the art.

The first application of the second generation aero engine and of the very high pressure centrifugal gas compressor were important milestones which have made significant contributions to the economic recovery of North Sea hydrocarbons.

The author describes the current efforts to further optimise gas turbine installation, and operating costs. Cheaper and lighter gas turbine facilities require, not only increases in specific power, but also considerable innovation from the Engineers responsible for the application of this machinery.

For the future, fewer units of even larger ratings are foreseen, applied as high efficiency simple cycles with limited heat recovery.

Copyright © 1994 by ASME
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