Gas Turbine Reapplication: A Market Comeback

In recent years there has been a resurgence in existing gas turbine power plants being picked up and reapplied throughout the world. Many thousands of megawatts have recently been relocated from Asia to West Africa; Europe to Australia; Europe to East Africa; within USA; within West Africa; and so on…

Factors Driving Turbine Reapplication

Factors that have contributed to the return of this segment of the power market include the following: the availability of retired units; the emergence of newly available low-cost gas fuel in international markets; the need for fast-start gas turbines; and the ability to benefit once again from quickly installed units operating in the domestic US peaking power market.

The California ISO market’s demand for fast start power has triggered relocation projects in surrounding areas to provide power for that market. Also, the inconsistency of renewable power, particularly wind, in Texas ERCOT and other western states has created a need for back up for both power and for grid stability. This situation, combined with the abundance of natural gas, make the case for relocating fast start gas turbines and other gas fired generators into these areas.

Contributing to Dynamic Power Markets

The fast delivery of these reapplied gas turbines, with lower capital costs than new, and the ability to operate on a wide range of fuels make them an important solution to many of the opportunities in today’s dynamic power markets. The modular design of a gas turbine package, with a much smaller footprint per Mw than reciprocating engines, allows them to be quickly and easily installed in even the most remote locations. Although not having the same efficiency of today’s advanced-class gas turbines, these older units can still provide a very important contribution to emerging grids and the peaking power market.

Each relocation project has its own unique requirements. These may include the need for asset refurbishment, fuel conversions, frequency conversions (if moving between 50Hz and 60Hz countries), other upgrades and modifications, and installation of equipment necessary to allow the units to operate in compliance of local environmental regulations. Logistics are an extremely important part of a relocation project, with care taken to ensure dismantled equipment is identified, tagged and removed properly so as to ensure an efficient, low-cost installation at the new site.

TTS Energy Services: At the Forefront of Gas Turbine Reapplication

Many relocation projects are undertaken by entrepreneurial developers that recognize an opportunity to quickly provide cost-effective power to a specific market. However, these developers often do not have the existing technical and commercial infrastructure to efficiently deal with all aspects of building a power plant, as well as obtaining all the required contracts and permitting.

TTS Energy Services is at the forefront of the gas turbine relocation market. We are responsible for the relocation of close to 90 gas turbines having a total of almost 3,000 megawatts. We have been involved at all levels including turnkey Engineer / Procure / Construct (EPC) contracts, project management and design engineering, upgrade and modification services, cost control, project feasibility studies and site supervision.

With over 30 years of experience in the turbine relocation market, we are the ideal partner for any reapplication project.

How Can We Help You?

Contact TTS and speak with a specialist to discuss and evaluate your possible opportunities for gas turbine relocations, as well as to inquire about assistance with your current relocation project. Leave us a message or call +1 (407) 677-0813 to speak with an expert today.

CCJ 2020 Best Practices Award: Hermiston Generating Plant

Hydrogen purge remote activation helps keep employees safe

The Hermiston Generating Plant in Oregon was recently awarded the CCJ 2020 Best Practices Award for their installation of a hydrogen purge remote activation. TTS was proud to assist in this project, providing critical upgrades to the control system. The project provided greater safety for on-site engineers and improved automation which decreased plant downtime.

Read the full press release from CCJ of the project scope below:

Challenge. Provide an automatic remote means to purge a hydrogen-cooled generator without dispatching employees to the area.

Many 1990s-era 7FH2 generators were equipped with an automatic purge system that activated when hydrogen purity at the seals dropped below a specified set point. However, the controls were located in the collector compartment and could not be safely accessed if a hydrogen leak in that compartment was suspected. In the event seal oil was lost it would be unsafe to approach the collector compartment to activate the purge. If the controls were left in maintenance for any reason, there would be no way to activate the purge without endangering an employee.

Solution. Since the automation was already in place along with solenoid-activated hydrogen shutoff valves, hydrogen vent valve, and CO2 admission valve, all that was needed was to move the controls to the Mark V. Employees of Hermiston and TTS Energy Services, Orlando, Fla, modified control wiring and re-routed it to the Mark V. Because of the significant safety and liability concerns associated with hydrogen, a controls consultant was engaged to modify the Mark V logic and create a purge button to activate the purge from the Mark V HMI (photo right).

Results. Now control room operators can monitor hydrogen purity remotely and perform a preemptive purge in the event they lose seal oil, without putting employees or equipment at risk. The total cost of the project was less than $10,000.

About TTS
At TTS, we specialize in innovative and high value-engineered solutions that help our clients maintain, upgrade, and enhance their power generation and gas compression assets. Learn more at our website TTS Energy Services or contact us at (407) 677-0813.

TTS Plant Optimization and reliability

An interview with Ricky Morgan, VP Engineering, on how TTS’s support team and engineers can help plants optimize their operations for extended reliability.  

What are some major challenges that facilities are facing now-a-days? Before and after COVID-19?

COVID-19 has only highlighted further that customers are looking for operational flexibility in the industry.  As the energy industry continues to change, power plant owners and operators are looking for ways to optimize their resources and assets to create revenue flows.

The operational challenges include a changing operational envelope as a direct result of renewables, changing fuel costs, emission requirements, coal plant retirements and a reduction in demand at this time.

To address this, operators need their equipment to start faster, start reliably, operate on multiple fuels, and run cost-effectively.

Equipment reliability is a challenge for the gas turbine industry.  “Many operators have vintage equipment that they can start, but if it won’t start reliably and then keep running, then it’s value decreases dramatically” says Morgan.  It goes without saying that maintenance and troubleshooting are directly related to operational reliability – how easy (or more often, difficult) is it to work on the equipment, to get parts and then to install and configure them properly.

“Furthermore,” states Morgan, “power plants also need operational flexibility in fuels, starting times and turndown; all are critical in today’s power generation market. Other industries are also experiencing this flexibility issue during COVID-19 as they try to adapt, ramp down or ramp up production, change product types and manage labor and resources.”

Another challenge is access to information related to machine or system performance – old analog and relay systems provide little operational or historical data. To solve the reliability, maintenance, and flexibility problems and to leverage available resources, you need relevant and timely information and data. Data is key to good decision making.

What can be done to improve these facilities?

With increased limitations on emissions and the demands on these legacy machines changing drastically, some facilities have to face the fact that their asset is fully depreciated.  However, it would cost too much to rebuild and scrap the asset.  Many operators and OEMs turn to upgrades to preserve their asset and to remain relevant, responding to the grid’s needs.

These upgrades could be any combination of the following:

  • Automation – use modern control systems to automate and make data available both locally and remotely.

  • Optimization – use modern algorithms for improved control and protection

  • Simplification – make maintenance and troubleshooting user friendly through smart design, use of current technology to replace obsolete and complicated designs and improving data availability. More information and less failure points.

  • Upgrades – install new devices and equipment – a new transmitter for additional data points is the simplest example.

  • Conversion – Increase flexibility through conversion of existing assets.

  • Analysis – use the data available to operate and maintain at maximum efficiency and flexibility

 

Why should plants and facilities invest in optimizing their vintage equipment?

In the long-term, the ROI for plant upgrades and optimization usually far outweighs scrapping a legacy asset.  Overall, it drives downtime reductions for plant operators, which is crucial for reliable functionality and plant efficiency.  Downtime means loss of profit and productivity. The upgrades listed above can all contribute with each site having different needs and different paths to improve operational reliability. Control system upgrades are one of the most common upgrades considered:

Modern control systems can have the following benefits:

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  • Reliability – hardware and software optimization and the ability to provide large amounts of real-time and historical data increases reliability

  • Machine Performance – some older relay systems will see more accurate and often better overall performance and efficiency while operating as a result of accurate digital data.

  • Maintenance Planning – accurate data and feedback from the control systems improves maintenance planning.

  • Flexibility – modern control systems can allow you to identify and increase your operation envelope.

  • Spares – lower overall spares inventory costs, especially if the system used is already installed elsewhere in the facility

  • Operator Training Costs – using the same system across a plant can reduce overall training costs and increase personnel flexibility. Equipment suppliers typically provide more frequent, varied and cost-effective training courses than OEM turbine manufacturers

 

What are some of the main plant optimization upgrades that TTS provides to clients?

TTS has been offering innovative, technical solutions to the turbomachinery industry for over 35 years.  In 1988, we pioneered remote access and support for troubleshooting gas and turbine operational failures.  “When I joined TTS in 1999 as a Project Engineer,” says Morgan, “we were the first to provide cost-effective integration of control platforms from diverse OEMs to provide for remote worldwide access.”

With advancements like remote access and support, it has always been our goal to help energy providers and turbine owners to achieve unit reliability and fuel resilience in an ever-advancing market.

Plant Optimization through TTS gives operators a myriad of services to help improve operational flexibility and reliability.   Optimization services include:

  • Control Systems – on Rockwell Automation or Emerson RX3i platforms

  • Optimized Software Design – updated algorithms for protection and control

  • Human Machine Interface – increased access to data and operating information through clean concise graphics interfaces.

  • Historian – data gathering – key to troubleshooting and maintenance planning

  • Equipment Upgrades/Conversions – both mechanical and electrical system upgrades are offered

 

What are some examples of projects you have worked on to improve a facility via plant optimization?

Over the last three decades, TTS has established itself as a leader in the field of CT plant optimization and reliability improvements.  Our goal is to provide our customers with a complete array of services from state-of-the-art control systems on vintage units to performance testing on the latest “F” technology equipment.

Current/Past projects include the following

Legacy Asset Upgrade

In a recent project, TTS were asked to assist a customer who had legacy assets. These assets (three different gas turbine models and manufacturers) had at one time the capability to run on dual fuel.

Over time the ability to run on dual fuel had been compromised and starting reliability in either fuel had degraded to a point where the units were out of service for more time than available.

To address this challenge, TTS provide a comprehensive engineering, equipment supply, installation, and commissioning scope for the following:

  • Turbine Control System – based on Rockwell ControlLogix

  • Generator Excitation – based on Basler DECS-400

  • Generator Protection & Control System

  • Upgraded Instrumentation – switches, transmitters

  • Unit Rewire

  • Upgraded Electronic Fuel Valve Systems for both fuels

  • Application of the latest software control algorithms for the gas turbines.

  • Human Machine Interface

 

These upgrades applied to three different machine types but with a common platform, components and engineering approach met and exceeded the customers expectations for reliability and ease of maintenance.

Adjustable Peak firing is gaining traction in the market

Traditional peak firing increases unit firing temperature a fixed, incremental amount above the rated unit base load value. This increase can equate to at least a 2.5% bump in the output for the latest GE units during periods of high demand but because an increase in firing temperature boosts NOx production, the degree of incremental firing achievable above baseload may be constrained by NOx emissions

Adjustable peak firing is a valuable tool in cases where emission values exceed allowable limits before the unit reaches its standard peak firing limit. It allows the operator to increase the load to take advantage of periods of high electricity prices while staying within the maximum allowable NOx emissions dictated by their emissions permit. This mode is especially useful for merchant plants with simple cycle units or with combined cycle units with SCRs.

Implementation of adjustable peak firing can be tailored to specific site power output and emission limitation specifications and requires control system logic modifications, HMI modifications and combustion tuning necessary to install peak firing capability.  Adding this capability allows owners to take advantage of high revenue opportunities without risking compliance penalties.

If you have a legacy asset or project you are interested in making upgrades on, call or email TTS Energy Services.  We will come see you or meet virtually to discuss your challenges and offer a solution.

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Improve Turbine Flexibility & Reliability with Fuel-System Modifications

With the instability of oil prices, it is mission critical to control operating costs. Put your power generation needs in the hands of power generation experts, make sure you have 100% fuel availability.

Gas turbines are one of the leading sources of power generation in the United States, making their ability to produce consistent power crucial at all times. While natural gas is the most popular fuel due to its overall abundance, cost-effectiveness, and environmentally friendly status with modern advanced combustion systems, it shouldn’t be the only fuel source. Unpredictable global political and economic conditions, extreme weather conditions, as well as new discoveries in oil and gas exploration, can skew any forecast on fuel pricing and availability. By adding the capability to burn multiple fuel sources, gas turbine users can be prepared to handle these unexpected changes that arise. Not only can this increase their value in terms of improved versatility, but it will also ensure their availability to produce power under any economic circumstance.

A recent case where the importance of fuel flexibility has been needed are severe winters that have caught gas turbine users in gas curtailments. The winter of 2013-14 caused record snowfall, ice storms and arctic temperatures throughout the country and gas curtailment was commonplace for gas turbine operators.  One of the largest situations in recent years occurred in February 2011, where an arctic cold front descended on the Southwest region and brought temperatures below freezing and sustained wind gusts up to 30 mph. The area hit was extensive, complicating efforts to obtain power and natural gas from neighboring regions. Local distribution companies passed extensive curtailments of service during the event, where they interrupted gas service to more than 50,000 customers in New Mexico, Arizona and Texas. During this time the surrounding gas production basins had decreased production due to low market prices and according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, an estimated 14.8 BCF of natural gas production was lost, further complicating the effects of the extreme winter.

In any situation when natural gas costs are high or supply is hard to obtain, users that have the capability to burn alternative fuels, such as distillate liquid fuel, are able to continue to generate uninterrupted power.  And as in any economic situation when the supply of power is low (as during gas curtailments) the price of power rises. The importance of adding another fuel source to gas turbines has been proven to be vital to increasing reliability of power. Now, several utilities are making fuel flexibility a contractual requirement for their non-utility generators desiring contracts within the utility operating area.

With over 30 years of experience, Turbine Technology Services Corporation (TTS) has performed numerous fuel conversions to many different types of gas turbines and can provide the fuel flexibility that most power systems need.

For a consultation to discuss how TTS can improve your single-fuel gas turbine by converting it to a dual-fuel system, call Frank Hoegler at (407) 826-1800 or email fhoegler@ttsenergyservices.com


About TTS
TTS provides engineering and construction expertise for the energy industry, worldwide. The company’s long history and experience providing technical solutions to global energy entities makes it a leader in its field. TTS has successfully managed numerous power and compressor station modernization projects and supplied innovative and unique engineering solutions to challenging problems for our energy customers. Since 1983, their leadership and engineering teams have provided innovative technologies and engineered high-value solutions to over 450 clients worldwide.

TTS Announces New Sales Presence In Houston

Frere Brings to TTS Midstream 25 Years of Solution Selling Experience in the Oil & Gas Industry

[Orlando, FL, July, 2020] TTS is pleased to welcome Amy Frere to the TTS team as Sales Manager of TTS Midstream.  Frere will be responsible for sales team leadership, driving revenue, develop customer partnerships, as well as general management responsibilities.

Frere has twenty-five years of experience in the Oil & Gas industry, specializing in solution selling.  She has worked for major OEMs such as Emerson, Rockwell, Siemens and GE.  Additionally, Amy received an engineering degree from Texas A&M University.

Head shot of Amy FrereAs part of the TTS team, Frere will develop client relationships for TTS in the midstream market, and will be based in Houston, TX.  TTS Midstream is focused on engineered mechanical, electrical and automation and controls solutions for the Natural Gas Compression and Storage sector as well as other oil, gas and petrochemical clients.  In addition, TTS Midstream offers a wide range of field services from programming to total plant commissioning.

Frank Hoegler, President of TTS stated, “Amy is a seasoned veteran of the midstream and power generation industry.  We are pleased to have a continued presence in the Houston area and are always happy to add an “Aggie” to the team.”

TTS Midstream is part of the TTS Energy Services group of companies which also includes TTS Power.

For more information, visit www.ttsenergyservices.com


About TTS

TTS provides engineering and construction expertise for the energy industry, worldwide. The company’s long history and experience providing technical solutions to global energy entities makes it a leader in its field. TTS has successfully managed numerous power and compressor station modernization projects and supplied innovative and unique engineering solutions to challenging problems for our energy customers. Since 1983, their leadership and engineering teams have provided innovative technologies and engineered high-value solutions to over 450 clients worldwide.

To learn more about TTS, please visit https://ttsenergyservices.com/.

If you would like more information about this topic, please call Frank Hoegler at 407.902.1344 or email fhoegler@ttsenergyservices.com.

TTS COVID-19 Announcement

To Our Valued Customers, Vendors and Partners,

With the increased concern regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus, TTS has been closely monitoring the situation. We have taken every precaution to ensure the safety and health of our employees, subcontractors and our customers while in the midst of this global pandemic. This is a dynamic situation and as of today, TTS is open for business in accordance with the most up to date guidelines of state, federal and international guidelines. In addition, TTS has implemented its own Pandemic Response Plan and is in compliance with all government and customer-specific guidelines, pertaining to COVID 19, while on essential infrastructure and utility projects.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will update you as things develop. Information on the COVID-19 virus and measures the State, Federal and International bodies are taking can be found in the links below.

State of Florida Website: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/

CDC Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

 

Thank you for your continued support.

Frank Hoegler

President
TTS
www.ttsenergyservices.com

 

TTS Takes Energy Services From “Molecule to Megawatt”

TTS, formerly Turbine Technology Services, a full-service energy services engineering firm serving the power generation and gas compression industry, has launched a new website and brand identity showcasing the company’s knowledge, experience and breadth of services for clients in the energy industry.

A new, simplified company logo leads the way to a series of branding improvements to emphasize TTS two market-focused companies, TTS Power and TTS Midstream. The websites showcase customized engineering solutions, automation and control solutions, field services, as well as greenfield and brownfield power and gas compression projects worldwide. In a move to market the spectrum of services offered for the Power and the Midstream markets, the company will focus its business on services for fuel supply and power production.

Frank Hoegler, President of TTS says, “With our two operating units, TTS Power and TTS Midstream, nothing captures our commitment to the energy segment better than ‘Molecule to Megawatt’.”

The new logo and website recognizes the market demand for diverse and efficient options for energy operators looking for upgrades and modernization options. With their breadth of experience and specialty engineering solutions, TTS addresses the distinct challenges of today’s energy market.

Reinforced by Tony Thornton, company CEO, “TTS is a company driven by changes in the fuel market. Whether it be newly discovered gas in Africa, or new LNG destinations in the USA, TTS is committed to finding and providing customer-focused engineering solutions.”

Users should look for the latest industry news, trainings, seminars and company announcements. As TTS broadens the landscape of energy services, their goal remains the same: to provide operating simplicity, cost-efficiency, reliability, visibility and smart decision support to the global energy market.

Explore the in-depth capabilities of TTS by visiting https://ttsenergyservices.com/.

About TTS
TTS provides engineering and construction expertise for the energy industry worldwide. The company’s long history and experience providing technical solutions to global energy entities makes it a leader in its field. TTS has successfully managed numerous power and compressor station modernization projects and supplied innovative and unique engineering solutions to challenging problems for our energy customers. Since 1983, their leadership and engineering teams have provided innovative technologies and engineered high-value solutions to over 450 clients worldwide.

To learn more about TTS, please visit https://ttsenergyservices.com/.

Reciprocating Technology Services is Acquired

Reciprocating Technology Services is acquired by the Cooper Machinery Services family of distinguished brands.

Cooper Machinery Services (“Cooper”), a portfolio company of Arcline Investment Management, recently completed the acquisition of RTS, a TTS Energy Services company. Previously, Arcline had acquired Cooper from BHGE. The combined companies were rolled out at the GMRC in San Antonio in October.

“It has been an absolute honor and pleasure to work with the RTS management team, mechanics, field technicians, and support personnel. We all worked hard to start this company and to build a successful brand. Our efforts were clearly recognized by others in the industry.” Said Frank Hoegler, Former President of RTS and Vice President at TTS Energy Services.

RTS operated as an entirely separate division of TTS Energy Services since 2014, and for the past five years, Frank has split his time and energies between RTS and Turbine Technology Services, the sister organization of RTS. “With the separation of RTS, my focus is now squarely on growth for TTS and a smooth transition for RTS.”

“It is high praise indeed that Frank and his team built, in a very short time, an organization chosen to join such an exciting new venture in the gas compression industry. TTS Energy Services management saw this as an opportunity for the RTS operation to grow dramatically and succeed at a scale that would otherwise have taken years to achieve,” said TTS Energy Services CEO, Tony Thornton.

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Since 1983, Turbine Technology Services has provided innovative technologies and engineering, high-value solutions and gas turbine expertise to over 400 clients worldwide. Our offerings to the global power generation and midstream industries include Controls and Control Panels, Gas Turbine Parts Supply, Conversions, Modifications and Upgrades, Asset Performance Technologies, Engineering, and OnSite Services, Power Plant Services, and DynaFlex Performance Services.

When It’s Hot Outside, Make More MW

Your Gas Turbine Can Increase Output and Revenue with Adjustable Peak Firing

The reports say that June was the hottest month ever in Texas, however, August may have blown that record away. As an example, ERCOT reported that on Tuesday, August 13, over 73,000 MWh were generated largely in support of every air conditioner in the state running full out. For a short period that day, Reuters reported real-time prices briefly soared to $9,000 per megawatt-hour as consumers cranked up air conditioners to escape the brutal heatwave.

Turbine Technology Services offers DynaFlex Performance™ tools that take advantage of this situation and help gas turbine operators produce more MWh and revenue.

Extra Power When You Need It

Depending on their power purchase agreement, gas turbine operators may receive payment based on their maximum generation capacity, or they may need to hold a certain amount of generation in reserve as a percentage of their maximum capacity. For these reasons, adding peak firing capability to both simple and combined cycle units can bring economic benefits without a substantial impact on maintenance costs when the peak fire capability is used strategically at times of high demand.

Traditional peak firing is commonly a fixed, incremental amount of firing temperature above the rated baseload firing temperature. This increase can equate to at least a 2.5 percent increase in the output above baseload for newer GE units and potentially more for vintage GE units.  Increasing firing temperature also increases NOx emissions – which means operators must take into account NOx emission limits as they incrementally increase firing.

Adjustable Peak Firing Keeps NOx Emissions in Check

Adjustable peak firing is a valuable tool in cases where emission values exceed allowable limits before the unit reaches its standard peak firing limit. It allows the operator to increase the load to take advantage of periods of high electricity prices while staying within the maximum allowable NOx emissions dictated by their emissions permit. This mode is especially useful for merchant plants with simple cycle units or with combined cycle units with SCRs.

With TTS’s adjustable peak option, operators slowly and incrementally increase output in steps of 0.1-0.2 MW, monitoring NOx emissions as load increases.

Operators continue increasing the load until they reach a NOx value that they decide provides an acceptable degree of margin in their situation. The adjustable peak option maintains an upper firing temperature limit equal to the standard unit peak firing temperature.

Implementation of adjustable peak firing requires control system logic modifications, HMI modifications (to select adjustable peak fire) and combustion tuning necessary to install peak firing capability.  Take advantage of this hot weather, keep your air conditioner running and make more MWh and revenue in the process.

How Can We Help You?

Contact TTS and speak with a gas turbine engineer for a custom-tailored solution that addresses your unit’s operating parameters, plant requirements, and business objectives explicitly.

Leave us a message or call (407) 677-0813 to speak with an expert today.

Modernizing Vintage Gas Turbines in the Natural Gas Pipeline

Efficiently manage your assets to improve the bottom line

Modernization involves more than migrating from an old vintage system to its modern equivalent. It requires rethinking applications and upgrading multiple technologies. But in the end, it can transform a compression station’s processes and help reposition its operations for the next 20 to 30 years.

To demonstrate, in 2012, TTS was involved in the conversion project of a legacy GE Frame 5001 gas turbine.  The PLC-based turbine control system had become obsolete due to mechanical wear and outdated manual calibrations in the field.  TTS simplified the gas turbine fuel control system by eliminating the unnecessary pre-control valve pressure regulation.  The upgrade allowed for a more efficient, innovative fuel control system by reducing preventative maintenance costs from $5,000 to $10,000 per year to under $1,000 per year.  Furthermore, updating critical gas turbine instrumentation allows production machines to adapt to modern demands and ensures a reliable, productive service life.

The full benefit of a system upgrade is achieved if you do the upgrade in conjunction with a rewire and some device upgrades to support the new control systems and optimize its available features.  The primary benefit of a system upgrade is the availability of information that can be gathered, logged, and stored.  This information is paramount for operations and maintenance performance trending, predictive maintenance programs and troubling shooting problems.

There are, essentially, two types of system upgrades – drop-in and retrofit.  Read on to find out more about these system upgrades and their benefits:

Drop-in Upgrade

In a drop-in upgrade, there is no need for wiring changes, drawing changes, or engineering beyond specifying the equipment.  Examples would be:

  • Battery Systems – Charger and Battery
  • Motor Control Centers – where the control circuits are maintained

Retrofits

Complete retrofits, on the other hand, require detailed design engineering and the provision of new design documentation – specifications/drawings/software, etc. These include those above and the following:

  • Turbine Control Systems
  • Station Control Panels
  • Emergency Shutdown Systems
  • Compressor Controls
  • Motor Control Centers: Intelligent centers with control over Ethernet or DeviceNet
  • Electronic Valves applied to Fuel systems or replacing hydraulic actuators of any sort – IGV, for example.

By restoring old or obsolete automation systems that make up only a fraction of plant capital costs, pipeline operators can more efficiently manage their assets to help improve their bottom line.  Furthermore, they can leverage advanced analytics to monitor and optimize multiple stations across their pipeline fleet.

Making Obsolete Systems Operational Again

Gas turbines have recently become the technology of choice for new U.S. compressor stations, but a lot of Frame 3 and Frame 5 gas turbine units have been in service for decades and are still in operation. Modernization presents an opportunity to mitigate the risks of vintage systems and help improve business performance long term.

The need for station and unit control reliability is critical in these decades-old facilities. But their aging or obsolete systems, combined with the lack of operational and diagnostic information available in those vintage systems, can make reliability elusive.

As a result, these compression stations experience a greater risk of production stoppages and downtime. They are more likely to face support challenges and difficulty with maintaining regulatory compliance. Likewise, they spend valuable time and resources performing manual data collection and reporting.

Modernizing to a contemporary balance of plant control systems can alleviate these challenges and facilitate tighter integration between unit control and associated subsystems.

TTS: We Know Gas Turbines

Turbine Technology Systems (TTS) is an alternative to the OEMs with 36 years of experience and gas turbine expertise. We currently serve six out of the top ten largest pipeline operators in North America with services including commissioning, fuel system upgrades, the balance of plant controls, control upgrades and control panels.

Learn more by visiting our website or contact Frank Hoegler, 407-902-1344