GE has announced that it has successfully completed the no-load testing of an 80 MW two-pole induction motor in its factory in Nancy, France.
It is one of the world’s largest induction electric motors.
“In the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry, reliability is the name of the game. A mid-size LNG facility could suffer costs of US$4 million a day through unplanned downtime,” said Ed Torres, Marine and O&G segment leader, GE’s Power Conversion business. “Running 99.5% of the time, electric motors are absolutely critical assets to LNG operations. I am proud to announce that our new 80 MW induction motor is now ready to serve the LNG industry with unrivalled high power, reliability and efficiency.”
Operating at a high voltage of 11 kilovolts and running from 2500 - 4000 rpm, the motor has efficiency of up to 98.1%. The simpler design also results in a 30% smaller footprint and weight. “Electrification has breathed new air into the energy landscape due to its high reliability, efficiency and reduced environment footprint. Our latest innovation in the induction motor technology showcases yet another key milestone on the electrification journey of the LNG industry,” said Azeez Mohammed, President and CEO of GE’s Power Conversion business.
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