Developments In Multiple Fuel Applications For Gas Turbines
As the decade of the 1970's gradually unfolds, it becomes clear that it will be a decade of challenge for many of you who are engaged in the Process, Pipeline, or Electric utility Industries. The changing 11orld supplies of fuel resources have already had, and will continue to have, a significant impact on your business. The most significant event that has occurred has been the growing shortage of domestic natural gas. Current studies indicate this shortage will continue for the foreseeable future. Faced with this dilemma, it becomes necessary for those of you who are gas turbine users to give consideration to the burning of liquid fuels in your machines. This paper will summarize some recent developments in General Electric Co. Heavy Duty Gas Turbines which provide them with the capability of burning a wide variety of liquid fuels. Included among these fuels are distillates, crudes, blends, and residuals. The ability to turn these liquid fuels can be provided along with existing natural gas burning capabilities, so that the gas turbines are true multiple fuel burning machines. In many cases, existing field machines can be upgraded to achieve these capabilities. For new machines, the necessary hardware requirement5 may be specified when the purchase documents are prepared. Before reviewing specific details of hardware and fuel requirements necessary for these capabilities, it might be useful to summarize some of the General Electric Co. heavy duty gas turbine experience in these fields.
Kiernan, James G. (1973). Developments In Multiple Fuel Applications For Gas Turbines. Texas A&M University. Gas Turbine Laboratories. Available electronically from