Three gas turbines mark 50 years of operation

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Solar installed four Saturn engines in 1966 and a fifth in 1968 for Trunkline Gas Company in Louisiana, and they are still running today. The units pump natural gas from the offshore wells in the gas fields off the Gulf coast and the gas is moved through a nationwide network of pipelines that provides gas to end-users throughout the United States.

Each engine is rated at 1200 horsepower and drives compressors designed to flow approximately 56 million standard cubic feet of gas per day.


Controls Technician and Electrician Bobby Newsom has tended to these engines since 1974. Solar continues to work with Trunkline Gas Company on further enhancing the overall safety and reliability of these packages.