Vericor Power Systems recently concluded the first field-test of 1000 hours with the TF50F dual fuel gas turbine on a direct drive hydraulic fracturing application.
The test, for BJ Services, was deemed a success with no gas turbine related incidents or unscheduled downtime. Various challenging operating conditions and fuel switching while at power were also tested successfully. Hardware inspection on the turbine after the field test showed no wear on any of the gas turbine parts, the company said.
The core of the TF50F was derived from a time-tested Lycoming gas turbine and significantly enhanced for hydraulic fracture applications.
Vericor used a newly developed engine controller during this field test to match the required power from the frac pump.
Vericor is a leading OEM that manufactures, sells and supports aero-derivative gas turbines for marine propulsion, mechanical drive and power generation applications including high speed military and civilian ships, industrial pumping, compressor or electric generation applications and oil field applications.