Now more than ever, safety and reliability on oil rigs is of the utmost importance. That’s why the technology behind GE’s new water jacket drilling motor is all the more impressive. The AC motor is good for draw works and top drive applications and both on- and offshore drilling, and instead of being cooled by a blower, it uses water circulated through the unit’s frame and shaft. The design protects the motor from wetness, dust and other irritants, all while producing less noise. Reducing noise is a simple and effective way to make conditions safer and more comfortable for rig workers. Installers can even retrofit the motors — which, by the way, are flameproof and completely enclosed — on current installations where additional axial length is available.
“In our ongoing efforts to provide innovative and increasingly efficient technology, GE Transportation has designed a motor that has the potential to offer increased reliability especially in extreme weather conditions,” said Becky Sidelinger, GE Business Leader, Drilling. "The elimination of the blower is intended to decrease noise on the rig for a more appealing work environment."
So at the end of the day, the new water jacket AC motor is safer and more reliable, an exciting addition to the line of GE Transportation products.