Field Performance Testing of an Uprated Gas Reinjection Compressor/Turbine Train PUBLIC ACCESS

[+] Author Affiliations
John M. Klein, Patrick A. Draughon

ARCO Alaska Inc.

Paper No. 91-GT-048, pp. V003T07A003; 8 pages
  • ASME 1991 International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 3: Coal, Biomass and Alternative Fuels; Combustion and Fuels; Oil and Gas Applications; Cycle Innovations
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, June 3–6, 1991
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7900-9
  • Copyright © 1991 by ASME


A Dresser Rand compressor and a General Electric Frame 5 turbine were uprated from 26,950 to 37,960 horsepower to increase injection capacity at Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. This paper discusses the user’s experience in field performance testing the machinery train to verify the operation and reliability of the uprate. Aerothermal performance was verified on both the gas turbine and compressor. Emissions testing conducted on the gas turbine demonstrated the equipment would be in compliance with Alaska regulations. To assess reliability, optical alignment, transient vibration checks and lubrication system heat balance analysis were also undertaken. Results from the testing verified the performance and reliability of the conversion, providing confidence to continue with the thirteen-machine, multi-year project.

Copyright © 1991 by ASME
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