Equipment, Equipment & Technology, Europe

GE turbine generators to operate at -60ºC in Russia

GE Oil & Gas has designed a unique gas turbine generator that can operate in temperatures down to -60ºC for a power plant project at the Vankor oil field in the Krasnoyarsk region of Russia, owned by Rosneft oil company. The 210 MWt gas turbine power station at the Vankor oil field will become the only complete source of power and heat used for life support and oil and gas production.

As part of its continuing cooperation with Rosneft, GE Oil & Gas is supplying eight gas turbine generators based on MS5001PA gas turbines. To ensure reliable operation of the equipment in extreme climatic conditions, the company has developed a special turbine design and used automated heating systems to transport and store the equipment on the site.

Four units were delivered to the customer in August 2007 and another four in March 2009. GE will also train experts to provide technical maintenance of the gas turbines on the site.

In addition, GE Oil & Gas has developed five special training programmes for Rosneft personnel and is currently coordinating a tailored training programme for the first group to be delivered at GE Oil & Gas headquarters in Florence, Italy.

Alexander Chuvayev, GE Oil & Gas region sales executive for Russia and CIS, said: ‘We are delighted to consolidate our partnership with Rosneft through the supply of MS5001PA gas turbines. This contract acknowledges the utmost reliability of our product structured equipment which can be customized to withstand operations in the world’s harshest climatic conditions, for example, from -60C in Siberia to +60°C in Africa and the Middle East.’

The MS5001PA is a 26.3 MWt industrial-type single-shaft gas turbine. Over 2500 MS5001’s are in operation worldwide, says GE.