GE Announces Co-Development Project for New Asset Performance Management Software Solution for Its Waukesha Gas Engines

Sep 29, 2015
  • Co-Development Project with Crestwood Midstream Partners LP to Use GE’s Asset Performance Management Solution Powered by Predix*
  • New Software Platform to be Installed in 16 Waukesha VHP Gas Engines at Three Compressor Stations in the Marcellus Shale Area of West Virginia

WAUKESHA, WISC.-September 29, 2015-GE (NYSE: GE) today announced that Crestwood Midstream Partners LP (Crestwood) is the co-development customer for its new Asset Performance Management (APM) software solution for Waukesha gas engines, powered by the Predix* software platform. This APM solution offers the real-time intelligence customers need to optimize the availability, reliability, operating performance and maintenance effectiveness of their Waukesha* gas engines and associated GE equipment. Crestwood begins its pilot project with 16 of GE’s Waukesha VHP gas engines at three compressor stations located in the Marcellus Shale area of West Virginia, where Crestwood builds, owns and operates pipelines and compression stations, allowing the movement of gas to downstream segments.

“Together with Crestwood, GE is developing a platform that will help optimize gas compression stations in the midstream space. GE is not only looking to optimize the engine and equipment that compresses the gas at an asset level, but also at a station level-to look at the network as a whole and help Crestwood move more gas, providing the customer with a cost-effective solution,” said Jon Clarine, GE data solutions leader, GE’s Power & Water business. “The collaboration with Crestwood is a great representation of a very successful co-creation project. It is happening at the ground level where stations are operated, and it will help Crestwood to optimize the performance of its stations while reducing operating costs.”

Key benefits of the project include the opportunity for condition-based maintenance and the ability to view facility performance-enabling customers to optimize the reliability and availability of their assets. GE’s monitoring solutions, combined with OEM-developed analytics, provide the foundation for making data-enabled decisions that optimize business. The proactive identification of upcoming maintenance events, based on unit lifetime and potential unplanned maintenance, will allow customers to improve their target inventory and resource planning.

“Crestwood’s customers will see positive effects in our ability to operate more efficiently and through the capability to predict what’s going to happen in the system. Our assets are in both suburban and rural areas. Unplanned outages, failures in the grid, pipelines or at facilities and all unplanned events impact neighbors and the community,” said Hugo Guerrero, vice president of technical services for Crestwood. “Therefore, Crestwood is looking at ways it can reduce capital, improve operating costs and be more competitive in the industry by utilizing the GE infrastructure as a whole. By using data and analytics to analyze how the fleet is operating in the field, we will be able to reduce costs and increase efficiency.”

About Crestwood

Houston, Texas, based Crestwood Midstream (NYSE: CMLP) is a master limited partnership that owns and operates midstream businesses in multiple unconventional shale resource plays across the United States. Crestwood Midstream is engaged in the gathering, processing, treating, compression, storage and transportation of natural gas; storage, transportation and terminalling of NGLs; and gathering, storage, terminalling and marketing of crude oil.

For more information on the company, visit http://www.crestwoodlp.com/.

About GE

GE (NYSE: GE) is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the "GE Store," through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry. www.ge.com

About GE Power & Water

GE Power & Water provides customers with a broad array of power generation, energy delivery and water process technologies to solve their challenges locally. Power & Water works in all areas of the energy industry including renewable resources such as wind and solar, biogas and alternative fuels; and coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear energy. The business also develops advanced technologies to help solve the world’s most complex challenges related to water availability and quality. Power & Water’s six business units include Distributed Power, Nuclear Energy, Power Generation Products, Power Generation Services, Renewable Energy and Water & Process Technologies. Headquartered in Schenectady, N.Y., Power & Water is GE’s largest industrial business.

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Susanne Reichelt
GE Power
susanne.reichelt@ge.com
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