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L.A. Turbine commissions turboexpander

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L.A. Turbine (LAT) has announced the commissioning of its second ARES Active Magnetic Bearing (AMB) Turboexpander-Compressor within a newly established cryogenic natural gas processing plant located along the Panola pipeline in Texas, US.

The L3000 ARES AMB Turboexpander-Compressor is designed to handle a plant flow rate of 200 million ft3/d and features the industry’s first skid-mounted AMB controller and PLC design. Reports from the field indicate the cryo plant is running near 100% of its capacity and the ARES turboexpander is responding well to the gas flow demands.

Until now, AMB controllers had to be installed in a building away from the skid installation site which required additional time, materials and labour expenses. With the new ARES AMB turboexpander technology, the Zephyr® controller and PLC is Class 1/Division 2 certified thus allowing for hazardous area installation. In addition, the AMB system can be remotely monitored and maintained thus decreasing the need for ongoing on-site service/maintenance personnel.

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