Dresser-Rand has been awarded 4 million NOK ($684,000 USD) in public grant funding by Innovation Norway (IN). The grant will be used to support testing for a new, environmentally friendly turbine-generator set designated the Dresser-Rand KG2-3G unit.

KG2 gas turbines for power generation are claimed to exhibit a 99.3 percent start reliability, full-load throw-on capacity, and minimal maintenance requirements. They are designed for standby and continuous power supply onshore and offshore. The new generator set has been specifically designed to meet requirements for power from 1 MW to 10 MW (single and multiple units). More than 900 have been delivered for standby, industrial and oil and gas applications worldwide.

IN, a development funding arm of the Norwegian government that supports environmental initiatives,  awarded Dresser-Rand the funding because the KG2-3G turbine is expected to drastically reduce fuel consumption, decrease CO2 emissions 35 percent, and decrease NOx and CO emissions 80 percent when compared to the rating of the predecessor KG 2-3E unit. It is the third generation of the all- radial KG2 gas turbine product line, which was first installed on the island of Røst off the Norwegian coast in 1968 for a power generation application, and has achieved a reputation for durability, ruggedness and endurance.                    

The unit will be installed at the WINGAS Transport GmbH site in Greifswald, Germany, where the North Stream pipeline comes into Europe from Russia. WINGAS will provide natural gas for the field test in exchange for the heat and power produced by the KG2-3G turbine. The electric power will be exported and the exhaust heat used to heat pipeline gas coming out of the Baltic Sea.

The KG2-3G also comes with an acoustic enclosure for onshore installation and is said to be suitable for a variety of applications, including biofuel systems. The equipment is scheduled for delivery in January 2012, and the test is planned for up to 8000 hours of field operation.