Electric-Driven Canadian Compressors Lauded
Friday, March 23, 2012
The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers has given Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. an award for using electric motors to power compressors at its Septimus gas processing plant in northeastern British Columbia, Canada.
Working with B.C. Hydro, Canadian Natural installed a high-voltage transmission line to the plant, which was commissioned in the second quarter of 2010.
The compressors are equipped with variable frequency drives to reduce energy usage by allowing them to run at less than full speed when appropriate.
Canadian Natural said that using electric-driven, rather than natural gas-driven, engines reduces emissions of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrogen oxide within the project boundary. It estimated that the equivalent of 34,800 tons (31,542 tonnes) of carbon dioxide and 85 tons (77 tonnes) of nitrogen oxide emissions were avoided in the first year of operation.
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