LA. Turbine (LAT) has commissioned its first ARES Active Magnetic Bearing (AMB) Turboexpander-Compressor in North Dakota.

Located within the natural gas liquid (NGL) processing plant in the Bakken Shale Play of North Dakota, the ARES AMB Turboexpander-Compressor machine features the industry’s first skid-mounted AMB controller and PLC design.

“This is a milestone moment for LA Turbine and for the industry,” said Danny Mascari, President of LA Turbine.

“In 2016, our founder, John Maskaluk, challenged his engineering team to develop the next generation of turboexpanders using AMB technology. Today, this dream is fulfilled with the commissioning of the first LAT ARES AMB turboexpander in North Dakota. 

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Source: L.A. Turbine

Designed, engineered and built in the US, the AREA AMB turboexpander is the result of a partnership between LA Turbine and Waukesha Magnetic Bearings.

With the new AMB controller technology, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies have greater flexibility with the plant site location and layout, capital costs are significantly less, and the machine can be delivered in a shorter timeframe.

“We are proud to be partnering with L.A. Turbine on this technological advance for turboexpanders,” said Brian Draeger, Director of Sales for Waukesha Bearings.

“The commissioning of this first unit is the realisation of much hard work and commitment to delivering innovation to the gas processing industry.”