Full Speed String Test On LM6000PF Gas Turbine Driven Refrigeration Compressors
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Chevron Australia, as part of the Wheatstone Project, constructed a two train liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility and domestic gas plant at the Ashburton North Strategic Industrial Area, 12 kilometers west of Onslow on the Pilbara coast of Western Australia. A driver selection study was performed based on the ConocoPhillips Optimized Cascade® natural gas liquefaction process. Details of this driver selection study are covered by Shah et al . This driver study evaluated a variety of project-specific parameters and resulted in the selection of a General Electric LM6000 PF aeroderivative gas turbine. The final decision to use the LM6000 engine was based on a detailed technology qualification program. Following the completion of the technology qualification, a detailed risk mitigation plan was developed. The plan was incorporated into the purchase order of the equipment and, subsequently, incorporated into the equipment manufacturer’s Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) process. The risk mitigation plan highlighted extensive testing requirements during the full-load, full-speed (FLFS) string test. This paper covers the details of the FLFS testing that was performed in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Patwardhan, Sameer S.; Weatherwax, Mark; Meher-Homji, Feroze; Cappetti, David; Musardo, Antonio; Iannuzzi, Gianni (2016). Full Speed String Test On LM6000PF Gas Turbine Driven Refrigeration Compressors. Turbomachinery Laboratories, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station. Available electronically from