New Multitap Transformer Offers Flexible Options for Oil and Gas Artificial Lift Applications

May28_GEAs drilling extends deeper into the earth, oil and gas drilling operators need the ability to change voltage requirements and specifications. Helping to establish a more reliable supply of electricity for these applications, GE’s Digital Energy business has introduced the new PROLEC-GE Multitap Transformer. This new offering responds to a growing industrial trend to deliver customized power to energy-intensive industries such as oil and gas, which have specific electricity requisites to maintain their operations.

Designed for onshore artificial lift operations, the new Multitap Transformer will continue working through severe electrical distribution system disturbances, making it crucial for continuous, reliable operation. Equally important, it is uniquely designed to operate under a variety of extreme conditions found within the oil and gas industry, including high humidity, ultraviolet radiation, chemical pollution and saline fog environments.

The Multitap Transformer powers the pump during artificial lift extraction methods to increase the flow of oil from a production well to the surface. As it drills down further into the earth, the artificial lift needs access to different voltages. The Multitap Transformer enables oil and gas drillers to easily change the voltage of the transformer to ensure a continuous supply of energy.

“At PROLEC-GE, it’s our commitment to keep customers’ operations running as efficiently as possible,” said Rosario Lopez, commercial director, PROLEC-GE. “The Multitap Transformer reinforces this commitment and serves as a direct response to the oil and gas industry’s increasing need for customizable, and uninterrupted, power solutions. Using industry best practices, we designed the transformer to work in a range of conditions and offer a variety of power voltages and speeds. The result is continuous productivity regardless of the environment or the specification at hand.”

The Multitap Transformer, a step-up transformer, is used to increase secondary voltage. It includes a robust core and coil design that supports short-circuit forces and prevents the rectangular coil from distorting under fault conditions. The new transformer also is designed and constructed under stringent quality standards and can be customized to meet a customer’s specific needs.