GE’s ecomagination program is a novel idea with the objective of creating new technologies to help our customers simultaneously meet increasing global environmental and business challenges, while contributing to our own continued growth as well. Certification is something we take very seriously and therefore stringent criteria must be met before a product can carry the ecomagination brand. Two of the latest certifications were awarded to the UltraScan Duo in-line inspection service and the BCL compressor line – both good for business and the environment.
The UltraScan Duo inline inspection tool was developed by our PII Pipeline Solutions business. It uses Phased Array technology to simultaneously detect and measure cracking and metal loss features in gas and liquid pipelines – an industry first. In doing so, it extends re-inspection intervals to five years versus three years recommended with other conventional methods such as hydrostatic testing. Duo also detects cracks as short as 25 mm – a 17% improvement on current best-available technologies.
By combining cracking and metal loss in a single run, Duo minimizes flow disruption and creates potential savings of up to $540 thousand for a standard inspection project. Compared with hydrostatic testing, Duo’s precision and forecasting capabilities can be expected to save nearly $10 million in lost production, operational and maintenance costs over the average 20-year life of a pipeline. On the environmental side, as part of a pipeline integrity management program, UltraScan Duo gives pipeline operators the information required to better assess risk of pipeline failure and proactively mitigate the risk of an oil or gas leak into the environment.
GE Oil & Gas developed the BCL304 series of centrifugal compressors for sour gas re-injection – to stimulate the production process while avoiding gas flaring and its consequential emission of greenhouse gases. Our worldwide fleet of BCL304 compressors, installed since 2000, has the capacity to prevent more than 49 million tons of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere each year. That is the equivalent of the annual CO2 emissions released by approximately 10 million average size cars.
On the production side of the equation, sour gas re-injection requires extremely high-pressure compression trains. Compression trains for the Kashagan oil field in the Caspian Sea, for example, will include a Frame 5-2D gas turbine and three BCL centrifugal compressors. During full density tests, a single train reached 820 bar pressure – topping the former record of 690 bar, also achieved by GE technology. Protecting the region’s environment is also a critical requirement for the Kashagan project, so the zero-leakage design is key.
Four commitments of ecomagination
- GE is growing its research in cleaner technologies from $700 million in 2005 to $1.5 billion in 2010.
- We will also grow our revenues from products that provide significant environmental performance advantages to customers – to at least $20 billion in 2010.
- We will reduce our absolute GHG emissions 1% worldwide by 2012, reduce the intensity of our GHG emissions 30% by 2008, and improve energy efficiency 30% by the end of 2012.
- And we will keep the public informed by regularly reporting our progress in meeting ecomagination goals – through a variety of media and methods including a dedicated website full of detailed information. To learn more, please visit ecomagination.com.
To view the latest ecomagination Annual Report, click here.