L.A. Turbine Commissions First ARES AMB Turboexpander-Compressor at New Bakken Shale NGL Plant

L.A. Turbine (LAT) has 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 on 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 in the coming months.

“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.

L.A. Turbine Ships ARES AMB Turboexpander-Compressor

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.

L.A. Turbine ARES AMB Turboexpander-Compressor Shipping to North Dakota (Image courtesy of L.A. Turbine)

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.

L.A. Turbine Releases ARES AMB Turboexpander-Compressor with Industry’s First Skid-Mounted AMB Controller

VALENCIA, CA — L.A. Turbine (LAT) today announced the release of the first ARES Active Magnetic Bearing (AMB) turboexpander-compressor designed for a 200MMSCFD gas processing plant. The ARES AMB Turboexpander features the industry’s first skid-mounted AMB control system and programmable logic control (PLC) panel, made possible due to engineering and technological innovations resulting from a partnership between L.A. Turbine and Waukesha Magnetic Bearings. Gas processors immediately benefit from lower CAPEX, faster commissioning, decreased maintenance, greater site layout, temperature and performance flexibility, a smaller footprint, and a more environmentally friendly machine.

Until now, AMB controllers needed to be installed in a building away from the skid installation site. This required additional capital investments, specialist labor costs and time. With the new ARES AMB design, the control system is installed directly on the turboexpander skid and is ready for operation upon delivery to the site. Plus, operators benefit from the ability to perform remote commissioning, monitoring and tuning of machine performance due to the high-tech digital signal processors and control algorithms of the Waukesha Magnetic Bearings Zephyr® 5-Axis Controller. The adoption of magnetic bearings results in lower property, plant and equipment costs overall. Not only are capital costs decreased but future costs diminish due to the elimination of ongoing maintenance for auxiliary systems. Continuing technological advances like the on-skid controller increase the scalability of magnetic bearings to make them more accessible for all customers.

L.A. Turbine’s ARES line also includes the ARES Oil Turboexpander-Compressor featuring an oil bearing auxiliary system. Both configurations are standardized, another industry-first, and are designed for gas processing plant capacities of 60/120/200/300MMSCFD. In less than one year, L.A. Turbine engineers took a product concept and delivered the ARES Turboexpander line—engineered, crafted, assembled and tested it—all within the walls of L.A. Turbine’s 90,000 square foot manufacturing facility.

“ARES AMB is the result of a great partnership between two companies who are flexible, knowledgeable and innovative. L.A. Turbine’s vertical integration resulted in an expedited R&D process and the delivery of a final product in record time,” said L.A. Turbine President, Danny Mascari. “We truly feel our ARES AMB Turboexpander-Compressor gives us a competitive advantage within the U.S. market. It is a natural choice for EPCs and operators looking to capitalize on the current and future growth of the U.S. gas processing industry. It’s a quick-to-market, financially beneficial and leading-edge technology that is adaptable based on market economics–an all-in-one turboexpander solution made in the U.S.A.”

“Collaboration with customers is at the center of our magnetic bearing solutions,” commented Marcell Ulrichs, President of Dover Precision Components, the parent company of Waukesha Magnetic Bearings. “We are proud to bring our team’s expertise and development capabilities to our partnership with L.A. Turbine. Together, we have provided an innovative technology solution that gives gas processing plants multiple advantages.”

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