Today natural gas accounts for 23% of the world’s energy consumption and usage is expected to grow. Getting this abundant, environmentally friendly fuel into the global energy stream requires compressing it for efficient handling. Engine or turbine-driven compressors move gas effectively through transmission pipelines. GE’s aeroderivative gas turbines and Waukesha* gas engines are designed for this demanding application. GE's Waukesha gas engines are backed by more than a century of engine building expertise.

How It Works

Gas transmission pipelines are hundreds of miles long and as gas moves through a pipeline, the pressure in the line drops, which slows the flow of gas. To boost line pressure and keep the gas moving, gas engine or gas turbine-driven compressors are stationed at various points along the pipeline.

In areas where electricity is not readily available or is unreliable, a dependable engine-driven compressor system is essential to keeping the gas moving.

Engine or turbine-driven compressors operating on the same gas they compress are a cost-effective alternative to compressors powered by electricity.

A more efficient engine/turbine – one that compresses more gas while using less fuel – improves operational productivity and profitability.

GE’s portfolio of aeroderivative gas turbines and Waukesha gas engines for compression applications offers multiple options to address individual operational needs and widely varying local emissions requirements.

Features and Benefits

  • Durable: GE’s Waukesha gas engines and aeroderivative gas turbines perform with extreme reliability in remote and often harsh environments.
  • Greater productivity: Waukesha engines run at full power at higher altitudes and higher ambient temperatures, compressing more gas for more profit.
  • Emissions flexibility: Distributed Power offers technology options to meet most local air quality mandates.
  • Lower emissions per horsepower: Rich-burn Waukesha gas engines with 3-way-catalyst enable more horsepower per site for more productivity and profit.
  • Total engine control: GE’s Waukesha ESM* fully integrated control and diagnostics system optimizes engine performance and maximizes uptime.

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