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American Superconductor Corp.

Address 64 Jackson Road, Devens, MA, 01434-4020, US
Phone +1 978.842.3000
Fax +1 978.842.3024
Email [email protected]
Website amsc.com

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SVC solutions to increase performance of oil pipeline

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) has received an order for four distribution voltage Static VAR Compensator (SVC) solutions from one of North America’s largest energy companies. All four systems will be used to improve pumping station performance for a major crude oil pipeline. The SVC systems will be deployed on an oil pipeline that utilizes motors rated at 4,000 to 5,000 horsepower in its pumping stations to transport more than 400,000 barrels of crude oil per day. Starting motors of this size often causes momentary voltage drops that can shut the pipeline down and can cause power disturbances for other customers connected to the local power grid. As a result, oil and natural gas pipeline operators are often required to site pumping stations in very remote locations on the electric power system. AMSC’s SVC solution was selected to improve the performance of this oil pipeline because of its unique ability to increase siting flexibility, enhance pipeline throughput with larger motors and improve pump station uptime in remote locations with severe climates.