L.A. Turbine Commissions First ARES AMB Turboexpander-Compressor at New Bakken Shale NGL Plant
VALENCIA, CA., November 12, 2019 — L.A. Turbine (LAT) today announced the commissioning of its first ARES Active Magnetic Bearing (AMB) Turboexpander-Compressor within a newly established natural gas liquid (NGL) processing plant in the Bakken Shale Play of North Dakota. The official machine start-up and gas flow occurred October 29. Designed for a plant flow rate of 200MMSCFD, the ARES AMB Turboexpander-Compressor machine features the industry’s first skid-mounted AMB controller and PLC design. L.A. Turbine will continue to share turboexpander and AMB controller performance data updates from the NGL installation site.
“This is a milestone moment for L.A. Turbine and for the industry,” said Danny Mascari, president, L.A. Turbine. “In 2016, our founder, John Maskaluk, challenged his engineering team to develop the next generation of turboexpanders using AMB technology. Today this dream is fulfilled with the commissioning of the first LAT ARES AMB turboexpander in North Dakota.”
The USA designed, engineered and built ARES AMB turboexpander is the result of a partnership between L.A. Turbine and Waukesha Magnetic Bearings. Until now, AMB controllers had to be installed in a building away from the skid installation site. With this new AMB controller technology, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies have greater flexibility with the plant site location and layout, capital costs are significantly less, and the machine can be delivered in a shorter timeframe.
“We are proud to be partnering with L.A. Turbine on this technological advance for turboexpanders,” commented Brian Draeger, Director of Sales for Waukesha Bearings. “The commissioning of this first unit is the realization of much hard work and a commitment to delivering innovation to the gas processing industry.”
End-users realize immediate operational benefits with the ARES AMB turboexpander due to the ease of machine installation and commissioning. Plus, less time and labor are required for the start-up and ongoing maintenance, which translates to financial savings. If a turboexpander operational issue occurs, troubleshooting can begin immediately via the remote access capability of the Waukesha Magnetic Bearings Zephyr® controller versus waiting for field service to arrive.
L.A. Turbine (www.LATurbine.com) designs and manufactures application-specific, highly engineered turboexpanders used in hydrocarbon processing, geothermal power generation, industrial gas, power-recovery and 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 diagnostic, maintenance and emergency response 24/7/365. Global headquarters is in Valencia, California with sales and service support in California, Texas and Belgium. U.S. operations support Canada, South America, Asia, Australia and the United States. European headquarters in Belgium serve Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Waukesha Magnetic Bearings (www.waukeshabearings.com) is an industry leader in custom-engineered magnetic bearing systems for turbomachinery and high-performing rotating equipment in oil and gas, power generation and defense markets. Field-proven hardware designs allow direct immersion in process fluids, often eliminating the need for shaft seals. Third-generation controller technology offers remote commissioning, monitoring, diagnostics and adjustments to reduce operating costs while maintaining near perfect availability. Waukesha Magnetic Bearings is part of Dover Precision Components, an integrated provider of performance-critical solutions for rotating and reciprocating machinery.
L.A. Turbine ARES AMB Turboexpander-Compressor Unit with Skid-Mounted AMB Controller Commissioned in New Bakken Shale NGL Plant. Photos courtesy of L.A. Turbine