Performance Is What Counts
The Lukoil site is located in western Siberia and is isolated from all public utilities. All electric power must be generated on site. It is not unusual to lose all the power on the site. During these outages, conventional equipment such as lube oil skids, required for fluid film bearings, will drop well below operable temperatures. The time required to heat this equipment and the oil reservoirs back to operable temperatures can be four hours or more.
This type of downtime risk was completely eliminated by using magnetic bearings for the compressors. The magnetic bearings can be re-activated within minutes after site power outages. This greatly increases the availability of the compressors.
Following the 2013 installation, both gas production and the total production of hydrocarbons were on track to increase by 42 billion cubic meters and 25% respectively by 2014. It is now possible for 12 billion cubic meters of gas to be transported from the newly constructed compressor station, to the main station, and ultimately to the central gas pipeline in Russia.
The success of the 6-stage centrifugal compressors led Lukoil to pursue implementing the Waukesha Magnetic Bearings technology on a booster compressor station in the same gas field.