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Gas Compression Optimization for Changing Pipeline Landscape

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Donghui Zhang, Rainer Kurz, Matt Lubomirsky, David Garcia, Avneet Singh, Alex Troya

Solar Turbines Inc., San Diego, CA

Paper No. GT2016-56112, pp. V009T24A004; 11 pages
doi:10.1115/GT2016-56112
From:
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2016: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 9: Oil and Gas Applications; Supercritical CO2 Power Cycles; Wind Energy
  • Seoul, South Korea, June 13–17, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4987-3
  • Copyright © 2016 by Solar Turbines Incorporated

abstract

The natural gas midstream gathering and pipeline landscape has become much more dynamic in recent years. Some of the attributes contributing to these continuous changes in operations are due to increased supply from shale gas explorations in North America and increasing natural gas demand in Asia. These changes require new pipelines and compressor stations to be built or existing pipelines and compressor stations to be modified to match new required operating conditions.

Economic factors such as initial capital investment and life cycle costs are very important considerations in the decision process to evaluate the benefits of building new stations or modifying existing stations. This paper presents a discussion of some of the more fundamental factors to be considered in evaluating the economics of station optimization projects, and also introduces a variety of options to manage the lifecycle of the centrifugal gas compressors units and stations.

Copyright © 2016 by Solar Turbines Incorporated

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