Groningen, Europe’s largest natural gas field, was discovered in 1959. Located in The Netherlands, production began in 1963 and depleted nearly 50 percent of its reserves by the end of the decade. NAM (Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij), a joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil, originated in the mid-1990s. Its goal was to find the most cost-effective way to extract the gas and extend the life of its reserves, ensuring the gas field could continue to supply the region.
Located in the Leningradskaya region of Russia, Gazprom’s Compressor Station Elizavetinskaya-1 is a key point of the Gryazovets-Vyborg Pipeline and provides gas to European consumers via the Nordstream Pipeline and to the northwestern region of Russia.
In 2002, a leading oil & gas customer approached Waukesha Magnetic Bearings with the challenge of developing a bearing for a hermetically sealed integral motor compressor. Availability and reliability were the customer’s primary objectives. The end user could achieve a significant cap-ex savings in the installation if the motor compressor could be located outdoors, with no building or enclosure required.
With over 20 years of experience in the oil & gas industry, Lukoil aspired to expand its oil & gas fields in Russia. For the expansion, Lukoil decided on the Bolshekhetskaya depression in West Siberia where large deposits of ceromanian gas lay.