GE Oil & Gas release new VSD for electric submersible pumps

GE Oil & Gas has released its next gen variable speed drive (VSD) surface control system for oil and gas electric submersible pumps (ESP).

The Vector PlusTM VSD provides greater control for ESPs, which are a widely used form of artificial lift that utilises centrifugal force to pump hydrocarbons to the surface, allowing for high flow and production.

While switchboards allow the operator to turn the motor on and off, GE’s new Vector Plus VSD allows the operator to gradually increase ESP motor speed and remotely adjust ESP speed from the surface.

"The Vector Plus VSD enhances the operator’s ability to more effectively control an ESP system, which is directly tied to increased system production and improved run-life," Richard Torbenson, product line manager—drives, for GE Oil & Gas, said.

"Our Vector Plus solution and other ESP technologies provide operators with critical real-time equipment performance data, helping operators to make better production decisions."

It can be used with ESP applications ranging from 100 to 1000 horsepower, is rated to work on global power systems rated from 380 to 480 volts in both 50 and 60Hz markets, and has an outdoor rating NEMA 4 rating, meaning the enclosure is completely sealed against the external environment.

The Vector Plus VSD is compatible with other GE lift products such as the Zenith Downhole Sensors and Field VantageTM Solution.

ESPs and other artificial lift pumping applications are used in approximately 94 per cent of the one million or so oil producing well globally, helping to lift hydrocarbons from reservoirs with low pressure.

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