L.A. Turbine Commissions Second ARES Turboexpander

L.A. Turbine (LAT) has commissioned its second ARES Active Magnetic Bearing (AMB) turboexpander-compressor. The latest unit is at work within a newly established cryogenic natural gas processing plant in East Texas that is located along the Panola pipeline. The Panola pipeline, which transports natural gas liquids (NGL), originates in Carthage, Texas, USA, and extends 181 miles (291 km) to Mont Belvieu, Texas.

The L3000 ARES AMB turboexpander-compressor is designed to handle a plant flow rate of 200 MMSCFD (5.6 x 106 m3/d) and features a skid-mounted AMB controller and programmable logic controller design.

The first ARES AMB turboexpander-compressor was commissioned in Q4 2019 within an NGL processing plant in the Bakken Shale Play of North Dakota, USA (see “Journey Compete,” January 2020 Gas Compression Magazine, p. 26).

East Texas has seen a flurry new activity in recent months. Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (Enterprise) began operations at its new Bulldog cryogenic natural gas processing plant (previously referred to as the Panola 3 gas plant) in Panola County, Texas, USA, in January.

The facility has the capability to process 200 MMcfd of natural gas and extract up to 12,000 barrels per day of NGLs. NGLs produced at the plant will be transported on the Panola Pipeline to Mont Belvieu for fractionation services. Residue gas from the tailgate of the Bulldog plant will have connectivity with Enterprise’s North Texas Intrastate pipeline system, along with other major pipelines and markets in the East Texas – Carthage area.