GE Energy Enhances BP Alaska Process & Pipeline Stability

GE Energy successfully completed the retrofit of a Rolls Royce RB-211 aeroderivative turbine with GE's Mark VI at BP Exploration's Alaskan Central Gas Facility (CGF), one of the largest gas plants in the world. The digital Mark VI with an Integrated Turbine Compressor Control (ITCC) software package replaced BP Exploration's multiple analog controls, enabling faster, more accurate operating data and enhanced production and pipeline stability.

The Mark VI platform integrated the turbine and compressor controls, anti-surge compressor protection and vibration protection. The Mark VI system contributes to increased compressor reliability through fewer compressor-initiated shutdowns and a reduction in disturbances to plant-wide processes, with the potential for increased revenue.

"GE's broad-based controls expertise and the strength of the Mark VI platform enable BP Exploration to receive better operating data when and where it is needed," said Ricardo Artigas, president of energy services for GE Energy. "Our commitment to the advancement of controls technology continues to allow our customers to increase the return on their investment."