Features exclusive skid-mounted AMB controller and PLC design.

VALENCIA, CA. — L.A. Turbine (LAT) today announced the shipment of its first ARES Active Magnetic Bearing (AMB) Turboexpander-Compressor to a new processing plant located in the Bakken Shale Play of North Dakota. The ARES AMB Turboexpander-Compressor is designed for a plant flow rate of 200MMSCFD and will be used for natural gas liquid (NGL) processing. Installation and commissioning are scheduled for third quarter, 2019.

Designed, engineered and built in the USA, the ARES AMB Turboexpander-Compressor features L.A. Turbine’s exclusive skid-mounted AMB control system and programmable logic control (PLC) panel, made possible with 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. The on-skid configuration gives equipment, procurement and construction (EPC) companies greater flexibility with the plant site layout, accelerates the design to delivery timeframe, and provides an industry-first AMB design technology at a price on par with standard oil bearing turboexpander units.

The simplicity of design, ease of machine operation, and advanced magnetic bearing technology translates to operational and financial benefits for end users too. Less time and labor are required for the installation and commissioning of the unit and AMB machines require minor ongoing maintenance. If an issue is reported, troubleshooting can begin immediately via the remote access capability of the controller.

L.A. Turbine 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 are located 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.