Active Magnetic Bearing (AMB) Turboexpander Units for Ethylene Plant

L.A. Turbine has been awarded an order to design and manufacture two magnetic bearing turboexpander machines plus one spare mechanical center section (MCS) for installation at a U.S.-based ethylene processing facility.  The active magnetic bearing (AMB) units with a common seal gas system are mounted on an L.A. Turbine L3000 single skid frame and perform two-stage ethylene processing within the plant. L.A. Turbine is also responsible for the commissioning of the equipment.


“Time is of the essence for U.S. processing plants to capitalize on the gas rush. Our ability to design and fulfill our client’s equipment needs immediately proved advantageous during vendor evaluations,” said Danny Mascari, President of L.A. Turbine.  “With natural gas prices at their lowest, approvals for new exploration occurring daily, and a lack of infrastructure for the extraction, processing, storage and transportation of these fossil fuels means companies who can respond now will benefit greatly. Because L.A. Turbine controls the entire turboexpander design and build process from concept to commissioning we are able to meet production deadlines that other companies can’t touch. We are pleased to partner with our U.S.-based client to provide a technology-based solution that is also designed and built in the U.S.A.,” said Mascari.

L.A. Turbine designs and manufactures application-specific, highly engineered turboexpanders used in hydrocarbon processing, geothermal power generation and other industrial power recovery or refrigeration applications. The company is also a recognized leader in aftermarket repair, redesign, maintenance and production of spare parts for all brands and configurations of turboexpanders worldwide.  A global field service team provides diagnostics, maintenance and emergency response 24/7/365. Global headquarters are located in Valencia, California with sales and service facilities in California, Texas and Belgium. U.S. operations support the needs of Canada, South America, Asia, Australia and the U.S. European headquarters in Belgium serve Europe, Middle East and Africa.

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