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International Journal of Rotating Machinery
Volume 2012, Article ID 715017, 9 pages
Research Article

Gas Compressor Station Economic Optimization

1Solar Turbines Incorporated, 9330 Skypark Ct., San Diego, CA 92123, USA
2Southwest Research Institute, 6220 Culebra Road, San Antonio, TX 78238, USA

Received 23 September 2011; Accepted 6 December 2011

Academic Editor: Mauro Venturini

Copyright © 2012 Rainer Kurz et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


When considering gas compressor stations for pipeline projects, the economic success of the entire operation depends to a significant extent on the operation of the compressors involved. In this paper, the basic factors contributing to the economics are outlined, with particular emphasis on the interaction between the pipeline and the compressor station. Typical scenarios are described, highlighting the fact that pipeline operation has to take into account variations in load.