Soft start technology provides significant benefits for pump, compressor, blower/fan and centrifuge applications in the oil & gas industry.
Reduced start current minimises stress on the electrical supply, particularly useful for remote applications such as offshore oil rigs or isolated pumping stations.
Undercurrent and overload detection warns of abnormal load conditions, such as broken couplings, belts, or blocked pipes.
Gentle acceleration minimises pressure surges and reduces mechanical stress during start, extending the life of equipment and resulting in smoother operation system wide.
You can find a more detailed overview of the benefits of soft start for the oil & gas industry here.
The MVX soft starter is the smallest (and safest) medium voltage soft-starter in its class, with a smaller panel footprint than any other MV soft starter in the market today. Find out more.
Colombian electrical equipment distributor ESI partnered with AuCom in 2008 to help increase oil production at ODL. ESI supplied ODL with five AuCom MVS soft starters to control the power to the five 700 HP pump motors which feed the Oleoducto de Los Llanos Orientales pipeline.
Construction of the Oleoducto de Los Llanos Orientales pipeline began in October, 2008. The pipeline now has a length of 235 kilometers beginning at the Rubiales Pumping Station and ending at Monterrey. The Oleoducto de Los LLanos Orientales pipeline then connects to the Ocensa pipeline which delivers oil to the port of Covenas. Initial capacity was 120,000 barrels per day. However, the challenge ODL faced was increasing the pipelines production to 200,000 barrels per day.
ODL value the ease of use MVS soft starters provide. ODL engineers required just one hour of training and have since made only one phone call to ESI's helpdesk to adjust parameter settings.
ESI are equally happy with AuCom. Project Engineer, Sergio Roldan Guzman commented "AuCom exceeded ESI's expectations, especially in customer service answering questions promptly and strengthening an already trusted partnership." Read more