Fuel gas for many Combined Cycle Power Plants is supplied directly by the gas provider’s regulator station in locations where the gas pipeline pressure is sufficient without further compression. Other locations require one or more onsite compressors to boost the fuel gas pressure. A rising concern is the fuel gas system transient response immediately after a significant reduction in the plant fuel gas consumption. Transient analysis models have been developed for typical fuel gas systems of combined cycle plants to ensure that the system is configured to respond appropriately to unplanned disturbances in fuel gas flow such as when a gas turbine trip occurs. Pressure control (regulator) and booster compressor control loop tuning parameters based on quantitative transient model results could be applied to set up targets for use in specifying and commissioning the fuel gas system. Case studies are presented for typical large combined cycle plants with two gas turbines taking fuel from a common plant header. This is done for designs without or with fuel gas booster compressors.

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