We have completed the manufacture of one of our largest low starting current machines we have built in recent years. This major project reaffirms the quality, capability and reputation of Parsons Peebles as the largest manufacturer of installed HV machines in the North Sea.
The 27 tonne motor was built for a North Sea oil platform to replace an existing unit on a gas compressor application. Standing at 3 metres tall the 8.95 MW machine was tested on load at 8 MW and is one of the largest low starting current machines built in recent years.
The customer selected Parsons Peebles as the successful bidder based on experience and ability to provide an engineered-to-order solution that would meet the specification of the job. The principle low starting current design feature enables online start-up and takes only 15 seconds to reach its full four pole speed at 100& voltage, 11kV 60Hz.
Involving 12 personnel from design, through to manufacturing and testing, the performance of the motor had to match the electrical performance of the machine it is replacing and mechanically has to fit in the exact same footprint.
The huge machine will be deconstructed and transported in parts and the existing machine will be dismantled and removed with the new machine thereafter re-assembled on the platform and fully commissioned by Parsons Peebles.
Len Jones, Parsons Peebles Chief Engineer, said, “This project has been a tribute to the world class design capability of Parsons Peebles and the skills and experience of the staff involved. The scale of the project and engineering required to provide a suitable product for the customer’s specification is exactly the type of projects we have been working on for over 100 years as a business.”