February 2010 Vol. 237 No. 2

Features

Station Configuration Impacts Availability, Fuel Consumption and Pipeline Capacity-Part 2 Of 2

The number of compressors installed in each compressor station of a pipeline system has a significant impact on the availability, fuel consumption and capacity of the system. Depending on the load profile of the pipeline, the answers may look different for different applications. Among the factors to be considered is the fact that gas turbines can produce a significant amount of additional power at lower ambient temperatures. So, even for constant load of the pipeline, the relative load of the driver changes, and thus influences fuel consumption and pipeline capacity. Part 1 of this two-part article covered the more general thoughts. Part 2 discusses the application of these pri

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