US-based multinational conglomerate General Electric (GE) has been selected by North West Redwater Partnership to supply large electric motors, to power the reciprocating compressors of its bitumen refinery in Canada.
Under the $14m contract, GE will supply its
Series 9000-RCM large electric motors and other related services for the
150,000 barrels-per-day bitumen refinery, to produce clean diesel fuel.
The company has started construction work on the refinery, located near Edmonton in Alberta.
refinery has been specifically designed to reduce the environmental
impacts during the conversion of the tarry bitumen crude into diesel.
West Redwater Partnership's bitumen refinery will be the first to
incorporate an integrated CO2 management system, claimed GE.
supplied Series 9000-RCM electric motors will power the reciprocating
compressors to process the crude bitumen or heavy crude oil extracted
from Canadian oil sands at high compression ratios.
The motors can drive the compressors with ratings of up to 13.8kV and up to 16,000kW.
addition, the motors are easy to maintain and offer fast installation
and start up, thereby, reducing delays and increasing capital resources.
Electric Power Conversion Rotating Machines sales leader Alberto
Peluzzo said the Series 9000-RCM motors provide reliable and proven
performance and are being opted by many across the Canada's oil sands
"Along with GE's expert technical services, they will
help enable the North West Redwater Partnership to achieve world-class
operational performance and efficiencies at this landmark refinery,"