SKF bearings will secure Martin Linge compressors

Offshore staff

GOTHENBURG, Sweden – SKF S2M magnetic bearings will be featured in the centrifugal compressors for Total’s Martin Linge project in the Norwegian North Sea.

SKF’s bearings will be incorporated into five compressors and four high-speed motors. According to a spokesman, the company equipment was chosen because of its small footprint, oil-free frictionless running, and extended maintenance intervals.

The Martin Linge development will consist of a production fixed platform, a floating storage offloading vessel, 50 MW AC electric power from shore through a 160-km (100-mi) subsea cable, a 24-in. gas export pipeline, and an offshore control center in Stavanger.

Martin Linge is 180 km (112 mi) west of Bergen, Norway, in a water depth of 115 m (377 ft).


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