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Title:
METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR COMBUSTION CONTROL FOR GAS TURBINE SYSTEM WITH EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2016/003932
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
In a gas turbine system (52) having an exhaust gas recirculation system (54) receiving exhaust from the gas turbine system and recycling the exhaust gas back to the gas turbine system, a blower (580) with variable guide vanes (586) is positioned in the recirculation system. A system includes at least one sensor (600) configured to communicate a signal representative of the blower vane position. The system further includes a controller (118) communicatively coupled to the at least one sensor, wherein the controller is configured to execute a control logic to derive a reference value (618) for the blower vane position, and wherein the controller is configured to apply a direct limit, an model-based limit, or a combination thereof, to the reference value to derive a limit-based value (638), and wherein the controller is configured to position the blower vane based on the limit-based value.

Inventors:
MINTO, Karl Dean (1 River Road, Building 40- Room 512Schenectady, New York, 12345, US)
DENMAN, Todd Franklin (300 Garlington Road, Greenville, South Carolina, 29615, US)
MITTRICKER, Franklin F. (14777 Presilla Drive, Jamul, California, 91935, US)
HUNTINGTON, Richard Alan (P.O. Box 2189, Houston, Texas, 77252, US)
Application Number:
US2015/038368
Publication Date:
January 07, 2016
Filing Date:
June 29, 2015
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY (1 River Road, Schenectady, New York, 12345, US)
EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (22777 Springwoods Village Parkway, E2.4A.296Spring, Texas, 77389, US)
International Classes:
F02C1/08; F02C3/34; F02C6/18; F02C9/20
Foreign References:
US20110289898A12011-12-01
EP2083153A22009-07-29
US20130086883A12013-04-11
US20120023960A12012-02-02
US201261747209P2012-12-28
US201261722118P2012-11-02
US201261722115P2012-11-02
US201261722114P2012-11-02
US201261722111P2012-11-02
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
SWANSON, Tait R. et al. (P.O. Box 692289, Houston, Texas, 77269, US)
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Claims:
CLAIMS:

1. A system comprising:

a at least one sensor configured to communicate a signal representative of blower vane position, wherein the blower vane is disposed in a blower of an exhaust gas recirculation system receiving an exhaust gas flow from a gas turbine system and recycling the exhaust gas back to the gas turbine system;

a controller communicatively coupled to the at least one sensor, wherein the controller is configured to execute a control logic to derive a reference value for the blower vane position, and wherein the controller is configured to apply a direct limit, a model-based limit, or a combination thereof, to the reference value to derive a limit-based value, and wherein the controller is configured to position the blower vane based on the limit-based value.

2. The system of claim 1, wherein the controller is configured to increase an inlet pressure to the gas turbine during operation based on the position of the blower vane.

3. The system of claim 1, wherein the controller is configured to execute a non-model based control logic comprising a proportional control logic, and integral control logic, a derivative control logic, or a combination thereof, to derive the reference value for the blower vane position.

4. The system of claim 1, wherein the direct limit comprise an exhaust temperature limit, a compressor discharge temperature limit, or a combination thereof.

5. The system of claim 1, wherein the model-based limit is derived by the controller by executing a model-based control logic comprising a physics-based model.

6. The system of claim 5, wherein the physics-based model comprises of thermodynamic operations of the gas turbine system.

7. The system of claim 6, wherein the model-based limit comprises a Mach number, a torque, or a combination thereof.

8. The system of claim 1, wherein the controller is configured to select the minimum value of the model-based limit, the direct limit, and the reference value, to derive the limit-based value.

9. The system of claim 1, comprising the exhaust gas recirculation system, wherein the exhaust gas recirculation system comprises a heat recovery steam generation (HRSG) system fluidly coupled to the blower, and to an exhaust gas recirculation cooler, wherein the HRSG is upstream of the blower, and the blower is upstream of the exhaust gas recirculation cooler.

10. The system of claim 1, wherein the controller is configured to derive the actuation signal to enable an equivalence ratio for combustion of the gas turbine system of approximately between 0.95 to 1.05.

11. A method, comprising:

sensing operations of a gas turbine system;

receiving a desired loading for the gas turbine system; deriving a reference blower vane position via non-model based control logic based on the operations of the gas turbine system;

deriving model-based limits based on the desired loading for the gas turbine system;

deriving a limit-based value by applying the reference blower vane position and the model-based limits;

applying the limit-based value to derive a desired vane position; and transmitting an actuation signal to a blower vane actuator to position the vane at the desired vane position.

12. The method of claim 11, wherein the deriving model-based limits comprises executing a model-based control logic.

13. The method of claim 12, wherein the model-based control logic comprise a physics-based model of the gas turbine system.

14. The method of claim 11 , wherein the model-based limits comprise a Mach number, a torque, or a combination thereof.

15. The method of claim 11, comprising deriving direct limits for the gas turbine system by executing non-model based control logic, and wherein the deriving the limit-based value comprises applying the reference blower vane position, the model-based limits, and the direct limits.

16. The method of claim 15, wherein the non-model based control logic comprises a proportional control logic, and integral control logic, a derivative control logic, or a combination thereof.

17. The method of claim 15, wherein the direct limits comprise an exhaust temperature limit, a compressor discharge temperature limit, or a combination thereof.

18. The method of claim 11, wherein the gas turbine system comprises a stoichiometric exhaust gas recirculation (SEGR) gas turbine engine configured to supply carbon dioxide to an enhanced oil recovery (EOR) system.

19. A control system comprising:

a processor configured to:

sense operations of a gas turbine system;

receive a desired loading for the gas turbine system; derive a reference blower vane position via non-model based control logic based on the operations of the gas turbine system;

derive model-based limits based on the desired loading for the gas turbine system;

derive a limit-based value by applying the reference blower vane position and the model-based limits;

apply the limit-based value to derive a desired vane position; and transmit an actuation signal to a blower vane actuator to position the vane at the desired vane position.

20. The system of claim 19, wherein the deriving model-based limits comprises executing a model-based control logic.

21. The system of claim 20, wherein the model-based control logic comprise a physics-based model of the gas turbine system.

22. The system of claim 19, wherein the model-based limits comprise a Mach number, a torque, or a combination thereof.

23. The system of claim 19, wherein the processor is configured to derive direct limits for the gas turbine system by executing non-model based control logic, and wherein the derivation of the limit-based value comprises applying the reference blower vane position, the model-based limits, and the direct limits.

24. The system of claim 19, wherein the processor is configured to control a combustion stoichiometry of the gas turbine system of approximately between 0.95 and 1.05.

25. The system of claim 19, wherein the gas turbine engine comprises a stoichiometric exhaust gas recirculation (SEGR) gas turbine engine, and wherein the control system comprises a triple modular redundant (TMR) controller having three processing cores.

Description:
METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR COMBUSTION CONTROL FOR GAS TURBINE SYSTEM WITH EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

[0001] This application claims priority to and benefit of U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 62/019,298, entitled "METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR COMBUSTION CONTROL FOR GAS TURBINE SYSTEM WITH EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION", filed June 30, 2014, which is hereby incorporated by reference in its entirety for all purposes.

[0002] This application relates to U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 61/747,209, entitled "STOICHIOMETRIC COMBUSTION CONTROL FOR GAS TURBINE SYSTEM WITH EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION", filed December 28, 2012, U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 61/722,118, entitled "SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DIFFUSION COMBUSTION IN A STOICHIOMETRIC EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION GAS TURBINE SYSTEM," filed on November 2, 2012, U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 61/722,115, entitled "SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DIFFUSION COMBUSTION WITH FUEL- DILUENT MIXING IN A STOICHIOMETRIC EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION GAS TURBINE SYSTEM," filed on November 2, 2012, U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 61/722,114, entitled "SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DIFFUSION COMBUSTION WITH OXIDANT-DILUENT MIXING IN A STOICHIOMETRIC EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION GAS TURBINE SYSTEM," filed on November 2, 2012, and U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 61/722,111, entitled "SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LOAD CONTROL WITH DIFFUSION COMBUSTION IN A STOICHIOMETRIC EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION GAS TURBINE SYSTEM," filed on November 2, 2012, all of which are herein incorporated by reference in their entirety for all purposes. BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0003] The subject matter disclosed herein relates to gas turbine engines, and more specifically, to control systems and methods of combustion systems for gas turbines.

[0004] Gas turbine engines are used in a wide variety of applications, such as power generation, aircraft, and various machinery. Gas turbine engine generally combust a fuel with an oxidant (e.g., air) in a combustor section to generate hot combustion products, which then drive one or more turbine stages of a turbine section. In turn, the turbine section drives one or more compressor stages of a compressor section, thereby compressing oxidant for intake into the combustor section along with the fuel. Again, the fuel and oxidant mix in the combustor section, and then combust to produce the hot combustion products. Gas turbine engines generally premix the fuel and oxidant along one or more flow paths upstream from a combustion chamber of the combustor section, and then combust the fuel and oxidant to generate usable power. Unfortunately, the premix flames may be difficult to control or maintain, which can impact various exhaust emission and power requirements. Furthermore, gas turbine engines typically consume a vast amount of air as the oxidant, and output a considerable amount of exhaust gas into the atmosphere. In other words, the exhaust gas is typically wasted as a byproduct of the gas turbine operation.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0005] Certain embodiments commensurate in scope with the originally claimed invention are summarized below. These embodiments are not intended to limit the scope of the claimed invention, but rather these embodiments are intended only to provide a brief summary of possible forms of the invention. Indeed, the invention may encompass a variety of forms that may be similar to or different from the embodiments set forth below. [0006] In a first embodiment, a system includes at least one sensor configured to communicate a signal representative of blower vane position, wherein the blower vane is disposed in a blower of an exhaust gas recirculation system receiving exhaust from a gas turbine system and recycling the exhaust gas back to the gas turbine system. The system further includes a controller communicatively coupled to the at least one sensor, wherein the controller is configured to execute a control logic to derive a reference value for the blower vane position, and wherein the controller is configured to apply a direct limit, an indirect limit, or a combination thereof, to the reference value to derive a limit-based value, and wherein the controller is configured to position the blower vane based on the limit-based value.

[0007] In a second embodiment, a method includes sensing operations of a gas turbine engine, and receiving a desired loading for the gas turbine system. The method further includes deriving a reference blower vane position via non-model based control logic based on the operations of the gas turbine system and deriving indirect limits based on the desired loading for the gas turbine system. The method additionally includes deriving a limit-based value by applying the reference blower vane position and the indirect limits and applying the limit-based value to derive a desired vane position. The method also includes transmitting an actuation signal to a blower vane actuator to position the vane at the desired vane position.

[0008] In a third embodiment, a control system includes a processor configured to sense operations of a gas turbine system and to receive a desired loading for the gas turbine system. The processor is further configured to derive a reference blower vane position via non-model based control logic based on the operations of the gas turbine system and to derive indirect limits based on the desired loading for the gas turbine system. The processor is additionally configured to derive a limit-based value by applying the reference blower vane position and the indirect limits and to apply the limit-based value to derive a desired vane position. The processor is also configured to transmit an actuation signal to a blower vane actuator to position the vane at the desired vane position. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0009] These and other features, aspects, and advantages of the present invention will become better understood when the following detailed description is read with reference to the accompanying drawings in which like characters represent like parts throughout the drawings, wherein:

[0010] FIG. 1 is a diagram of an embodiment of a system having a turbine-based service system coupled to a hydrocarbon production system;

[0011] FIG. 2 is a diagram of an embodiment of the system of FIG. 1, further illustrating a control system and a combined cycle system;

[0012] FIG. 3 is a diagram of an embodiment of the system of FIGS. 1 and 2, further illustrating details of a gas turbine engine, exhaust gas supply system, and exhaust gas processing system;

[0013] FIG. 4 is a flow chart of an embodiment of a process for operating the system of FIGS. 1-3;

[0014] FIG. 5 is a diagram of an embodiment of a plurality of sensors and actuators communicatively coupled to the turbine-based system and control system of FIGS. 1-3, and an exhaust gas processing system suitable for exhaust gas recirculation;

[0015] FIG. 6 is a diagram of an embodiment of a model based control system suitable for use by the control system of FIGS. 1-3; and

[0016] FIG. 7 is a flowchart of an embodiment of a process suitable for controlling the turbine-based system of FIGS. 1-3.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0017] One or more specific embodiments of the present invention will be described below. In an effort to provide a concise description of these embodiments, all features of an actual implementation may not be described in the specification. It should be appreciated that in the development of any such actual implementation, as in any engineering or design project, numerous implementation-specific decisions must be made to achieve the developers' specific goals, such as compliance with system-related and business-related constraints, which may vary from one implementation to another. Moreover, it should be appreciated that such a development effort might be complex and time consuming, but would nevertheless be a routine undertaking of design, fabrication, and manufacture for those of ordinary skill having the benefit of this disclosure.

[0018] When introducing elements of various embodiments of the present invention, the articles "a," "an," "the," and "said" are intended to mean that there are one or more of the elements. The terms "comprising," "including," and "having" are intended to be inclusive and mean that there may be additional elements other than the listed elements.

[0019] As discussed in detail below, the disclosed embodiments relate generally to gas turbine systems with exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), and particularly stoichiometric operation of the gas turbine systems using EGR. For example, the gas turbine systems may be configured to recirculate the exhaust gas along an exhaust recirculation path, stoichiometrically combust fuel and oxidant along with at least some of the recirculated exhaust gas, and capture the exhaust gas for use in various target systems. The recirculation of the exhaust gas along with stoichiometric combustion may help to increase the concentration level of carbon dioxide (C0 2 ) in the exhaust gas, which can then be post treated to separate and purify the C0 2 and nitrogen (N 2 ) for use in various target systems. The gas turbine systems also may employ various exhaust gas processing (e.g., heat recovery, catalyst reactions, etc.) along the exhaust recirculation path, thereby increasing the concentration level of C0 2 , reducing concentration levels of other emissions (e.g., carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and unburnt hydrocarbons), and increasing energy recovery (e.g., with heat recovery units). Furthermore, the gas turbine engines may be configured to combust the fuel and oxidant with one or more diffusion flames (e.g., using diffusion fuel nozzles), premix flames (e.g., using premix fuel nozzles), or any combination thereof. In certain embodiments, the diffusion flames may help to maintain stability and operation within certain limits for stoichiometric combustion, which in turn helps to increase production of C0 2 . For example, a gas turbine system operating with diffusion flames may enable a greater quantity of EGR, as compared to a gas turbine system operating with premix flames. In turn, the increased quantity of EGR helps to increase C0 2 production. Possible target systems include pipelines, storage tanks, carbon sequestration systems, and hydrocarbon production systems, such as enhanced oil recovery (EOR) systems.

[0020] The systems and methods described herein provide for an exhaust gas (EG) processing system (e.g., exhaust gas recirculation loop) suitable for intaking fluid (e.g., turbine exhaust gas) through a heat recovery steam generation (HRSG) system, adjusting the fluid's pressure through a recycle blower, and/or cooling the fluid through a EGR cooler for recycled delivery to a turbine system compressor. Accordingly, a pressure ratio through the EG processing system may be adjusted to improve power production through the turbine system and/or may improve production of a product gas as described in more detail below. A control system is also provided, suitable for controlling various systems described herein, including the EG processing system. For example, the control system may adjust vanes included in the recycle blower, among other adjustments, to regulate the pressures within the exhaust gas recirculation loop.

[0021] FIG. 1 is a diagram of an embodiment of a system 10 having an hydrocarbon production system 12 associated with a turbine-based service system 14. As discussed in further detail below, various embodiments of the turbine -based service system 14 are configured to provide various services, such as electrical power, mechanical power, and fluids (e.g., exhaust gas), to the hydrocarbon production system 12 to facilitate the production or retrieval of oil and/or gas. In the illustrated embodiment, the hydrocarbon production system 12 includes an oil/gas extraction system 16 and an enhanced oil recovery (EOR) system 18, which are coupled to a subterranean reservoir 20 (e.g., an oil, gas, or hydrocarbon reservoir). The oil/gas extraction system 16 includes a variety of surface equipment 22, such as a Christmas tree or production tree 24, coupled to an oil/gas well 26. Furthermore, the well 26 may include one or more tubulars 28 extending through a drilled bore 30 in the earth 32 to the subterranean reservoir 20. The tree 24 includes one or more valves, chokes, isolation sleeves, blowout preventers, and various flow control devices, which regulate pressures and control flows to and from the subterranean reservoir 20. While the tree 24 is generally used to control the flow of the production fluid (e.g., oil or gas) out of the subterranean reservoir 20, the EOR system 18 may increase the production of oil or gas by injecting one or more fluids into the subterranean reservoir 20.

[0022] Accordingly, the EOR system 18 may include a fluid injection system 34, which has one or more tubulars 36 extending through a bore 38 in the earth 32 to the subterranean reservoir 20. For example, the EOR system 18 may route one or more fluids 40, such as gas, steam, water, chemicals, or any combination thereof, into the fluid injection system 34. For example, as discussed in further detail below, the EOR system 18 may be coupled to the turbine-based service system 14, such that the system 14 routes an exhaust gas 42 (e.g., substantially or entirely free of oxygen) to the EOR system 18 for use as the injection fluid 40. The fluid injection system 34 routes the fluid 40 (e.g., the exhaust gas 42) through the one or more tubulars 36 into the subterranean reservoir 20, as indicated by arrows 44. The injection fluid 40 enters the subterranean reservoir 20 through the tubular 36 at an offset distance 46 away from the tubular 28 of the oil/gas well 26. Accordingly, the injection fluid 40 displaces the oil/gas 48 disposed in the subterranean reservoir 20, and drives the oil/gas 48 up through the one or more tubulars 28 of the hydrocarbon production system 12, as indicated by arrows 50. As discussed in further detail below, the injection fluid 40 may include the exhaust gas 42 originating from the turbine-based service system 14, which is able to generate the exhaust gas 42 on-site as needed by the hydrocarbon production system 12. In other words, the turbine -based system 14 may simultaneously generate one or more services (e.g., electrical power, mechanical power, steam, water (e.g., desalinated water), and exhaust gas (e.g., substantially free of oxygen)) for use by the hydrocarbon production system 12, thereby reducing or eliminating the reliance on external sources of such services. [0023] In the illustrated embodiment, the turbine -based service system 14 includes a stoichiometric exhaust gas recirculation (SEGR) gas turbine system 52 and an exhaust gas (EG) processing system 54. The gas turbine system 52 may be configured to operate in a stoichiometric combustion mode of operation (e.g., a stoichiometric control mode) and a non-stoichiometric combustion mode of operation (e.g., a non-stoichiometric control mode), such as a fuel-lean control mode or a fuel- rich control mode. In the stoichiometric control mode, the combustion generally occurs in a substantially stoichiometric ratio of a fuel and oxidant, thereby resulting in substantially stoichiometric combustion. In particular, stoichiometric combustion generally involves consuming substantially all of the fuel and oxidant in the combustion reaction, such that the products of combustion are substantially or entirely free of unburnt fuel and oxidant. One measure of stoichiometric combustion is the equivalence ratio, or phi (φ), which is the ratio of the actual fuel/oxidant ratio relative to the stoichiometric fuel/oxidant ratio. An equivalence ratio of greater than 1.0 results in a fuel-rich combustion of the fuel and oxidant, whereas an equivalence ratio of less than 1.0 results in a fuel-lean combustion of the fuel and oxidant. In contrast, an equivalence ratio of 1.0 results in combustion that is neither fuel-rich nor fuel-lean, thereby substantially consuming all of the fuel and oxidant in the combustion reaction. In context of the disclosed embodiments, the term stoichiometric or substantially stoichiometric may refer to an equivalence ratio of approximately 0.95 to approximately 1.05. However, the disclosed embodiments may also include an equivalence ratio of 1.0 plus or minus 0.01, 0.02, 0.03, 0.04, 0.05, or more. Again, the stoichiometric combustion of fuel and oxidant in the turbine -based service system 14 may result in products of combustion or exhaust gas (e.g., 42) with substantially no unburnt fuel or oxidant remaining. For example, the exhaust gas 42 may have less than 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 percent by volume of oxidant (e.g., oxygen), unburnt fuel or hydrocarbons (e.g., HCs), nitrogen oxides (e.g., ΝΟχ), carbon monoxide (CO), sulfur oxides (e.g., SOx), hydrogen, and other products of incomplete combustion. By further example, the exhaust gas 42 may have less than approximately 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000, or 5000 parts per million by volume (ppmv) of oxidant (e.g., oxygen), unburnt fuel or hydrocarbons (e.g., HCs), nitrogen oxides (e.g., ΝΟχ), carbon monoxide (CO), sulfur oxides (e.g., SOx), hydrogen, and other products of incomplete combustion. However, the disclosed embodiments also may produce other ranges of residual fuel, oxidant, and other emissions levels in the exhaust gas 42. As used herein, the terms emissions, emissions levels, and emissions targets may refer to concentration levels of certain products of combustion (e.g., ΝΟχ, CO, SOx, 0 2 , N 2 , H 2 , HCs, etc.), which may be present in recirculated gas streams, vented gas streams (e.g., exhausted into the atmosphere), and gas streams used in various target systems (e.g., the hydrocarbon production system 12).

[0024] Although the SEGR gas turbine system 52 and the EG processing system 54 may include a variety of components in different embodiments, the illustrated EG processing system 54 includes a heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) 56 and an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system 58, which receive and process an exhaust gas 60 originating from the SEGR gas turbine system 52. The HRSG 56 may include one or more heat exchangers, condensers, and various heat recovery equipment, which collectively function to transfer heat from the exhaust gas 60 to a stream of water, thereby generating steam 62. The steam 62 may be used in one or more steam turbines, the EOR system 18, or any other portion of the hydrocarbon production system 12. For example, the HRSG 56 may generate low pressure, medium pressure, and/or high pressure steam 62, which may be selectively applied to low, medium, and high pressure steam turbine stages, or different applications of the EOR system 18. In addition to the steam 62, a treated water 64, such as a desalinated water, may be generated by the HRSG 56, the EGR system 58, and/or another portion of the EG processing system 54 or the SEGR gas turbine system 52. The treated water 64 (e.g., desalinated water) may be particularly useful in areas with water shortages, such as inland or desert regions. The treated water 64 may be generated, at least in part, due to the large volume of air driving combustion of fuel within the SEGR gas turbine system 52. While the on-site generation of steam 62 and water 64 may be beneficial in many applications (including the hydrocarbon production system 12), the on-site generation of exhaust gas 42, 60 may be particularly beneficial for the EOR system 18, due to its low oxygen content, high pressure, and heat derived from the SEGR gas turbine system 52. Accordingly, the HRSG 56, the EGR system 58, and/or another portion of the EG processing system 54 may output or recirculate an exhaust gas 66 into the SEGR gas turbine system 52, while also routing the exhaust gas 42 to the EOR system 18 for use with the hydrocarbon production system 12. Likewise, the exhaust gas 42 may be extracted directly from the SEGR gas turbine system 52 (i.e., without passing through the EG processing system 54 for use in the EOR system 18 of the hydrocarbon production system 12.

[0025] The exhaust gas recirculation is handled by the EGR system 58 of the EG processing system 54. For example, the EGR system 58 includes one or more conduits, valves, blowers, exhaust gas treatment systems (e.g., filters, particulate removal units, gas separation units, gas purification units, heat exchangers, heat recovery units, moisture removal units, catalyst units, chemical injection units, or any combination thereof), and controls to recirculate the exhaust gas along an exhaust gas circulation path from an output (e.g., discharged exhaust gas 60) to an input (e.g., intake exhaust gas 66) of the SEGR gas turbine system 52. In the illustrated embodiment, the SEGR gas turbine system 52 intakes the exhaust gas 66 into a compressor section having one or more compressors, thereby compressing the exhaust gas 66 for use in a combustor section along with an intake of an oxidant 68 and one or more fuels 70. The oxidant 68 may include ambient air, pure oxygen, oxygen- enriched air, oxygen-reduced air, oxygen-nitrogen mixtures, or any suitable oxidant that facilitates combustion of the fuel 70. The fuel 70 may include one or more gas fuels, liquid fuels, or any combination thereof. For example, the fuel 70 may include natural gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG), syngas, methane, ethane, propane, butane, naphtha, kerosene, diesel fuel, ethanol, methanol, biofuel, or any combination thereof.

[0026] The SEGR gas turbine system 52 mixes and combusts the exhaust gas 66, the oxidant 68, and the fuel 70 in the combustor section, thereby generating hot combustion gases or exhaust gas 60 to drive one or more turbine stages in a turbine section. In certain embodiments, each combustor in the combustor section includes one or more premix fuel nozzles, one or more diffusion fuel nozzles, or any combination thereof. For example, each premix fuel nozzle may be configured to mix the oxidant 68 and the fuel 70 internally within the fuel nozzle and/or partially upstream of the fuel nozzle, thereby injecting an oxidant-fuel mixture from the fuel nozzle into the combustion zone for a premixed combustion (e.g., a premixed flame). By further example, each diffusion fuel nozzle may be configured to isolate the flows of oxidant 68 and fuel 70 within the fuel nozzle, thereby separately injecting the oxidant 68 and the fuel 70 from the fuel nozzle into the combustion zone for diffusion combustion (e.g., a diffusion flame). In particular, the diffusion combustion provided by the diffusion fuel nozzles delays mixing of the oxidant 68 and the fuel 70 until the point of initial combustion, i.e., the flame region. In embodiments employing the diffusion fuel nozzles, the diffusion flame may provide increased flame stability, because the diffusion flame generally forms at the point of stoichiometry between the separate streams of oxidant 68 and fuel 70 (i.e., as the oxidant 68 and fuel 70 are mixing). In certain embodiments, one or more diluents (e.g., the exhaust gas 60, steam, nitrogen, or another inert gas) may be pre -mixed with the oxidant 68, the fuel 70, or both, in either the diffusion fuel nozzle or the premix fuel nozzle. In addition, one or more diluents (e.g., the exhaust gas 60, steam, nitrogen, or another inert gas) may be injected into the combustor at or downstream from the point of combustion within each combustor. The use of these diluents may help temper the flame (e.g., premix flame or diffusion flame), thereby helping to reduce ΝΟχ emissions, such as nitrogen monoxide (NO) and nitrogen dioxide (N0 2 ). Regardless of the type of flame, the combustion produces hot combustion gases or exhaust gas 60 to drive one or more turbine stages. As each turbine stage is driven by the exhaust gas 60, the SEGR gas turbine system 52 generates a mechanical power 72 and/or an electrical power 74 (e.g., via an electrical generator). The system 52 also outputs the exhaust gas 60, and may further output water 64. Again, the water 64 may be a treated water, such as a desalinated water, which may be useful in a variety of applications on-site or off-site.

[0027] Exhaust extraction is also provided by the SEGR gas turbine system 52 using one or more extraction points 76. For example, the illustrated embodiment includes an exhaust gas (EG) supply system 78 having an exhaust gas (EG) extraction system 80 and an exhaust gas (EG) treatment system 82, which receive exhaust gas 42 from the extraction points 76, treat the exhaust gas 42, and then supply or distribute the exhaust gas 42 to various target systems. The target systems may include the EOR system 18 and/or other systems, such as a pipeline 86, a storage tank 88, or a carbon sequestration system 90. The EG extraction system 80 may include one or more conduits, valves, controls, and flow separations, which facilitate isolation of the exhaust gas 42 from the oxidant 68, the fuel 70, and other contaminants, while also controlling the temperature, pressure, and flow rate of the extracted exhaust gas 42. The EG treatment system 82 may include one or more heat exchangers (e.g., heat recovery units such as heat recovery steam generators, condensers, coolers, or heaters), catalyst systems (e.g., oxidation catalyst systems), particulate and/or water removal systems (e.g., gas dehydration units, inertial separators, coalescing filters, water impermeable filters, and other filters), chemical injection systems, solvent based treatment systems (e.g., absorbers, flash tanks, etc.), carbon capture systems, gas separation systems, gas purification systems, and/or a solvent based treatment system, exhaust gas compressors, any combination thereof. These subsystems of the EG treatment system 82 enable control of the temperature, pressure, flow rate, moisture content (e.g., amount of water removal), particulate content (e.g., amount of particulate removal), and gas composition (e.g., percentage of C0 2 , N 2 , etc.).

[0028] The extracted exhaust gas 42 is treated by one or more subsystems of the EG treatment system 82, depending on the target system. For example, the EG treatment system 82 may direct all or part of the exhaust gas 42 through a carbon capture system, a gas separation system, a gas purification system, and/or a solvent based treatment system, which is controlled to separate and purify a carbonaceous gas (e.g., carbon dioxide) 92 and/or nitrogen (N 2 ) 94 for use in the various target systems. For example, embodiments of the EG treatment system 82 may perform gas separation and purification to produce a plurality of different streams 95 of exhaust gas 42, such as a first stream 96, a second stream 97, and a third stream 98. The first stream 96 may have a first composition that is rich in carbon dioxide and/or lean in nitrogen (e.g., a C0 2 rich, N 2 lean stream). The second stream 97 may have a second composition that has intermediate concentration levels of carbon dioxide and/or nitrogen (e.g., intermediate concentration C0 2 , N 2 stream). The third stream 98 may have a third composition that is lean in carbon dioxide and/or rich in nitrogen (e.g., a C0 2 lean, N 2 rich stream). Each stream 95 (e.g., 96, 97, and 98) may include a gas dehydration unit, a filter, a gas compressor, or any combination thereof, to facilitate delivery of the stream 95 to a target system. In certain embodiments, the C0 2 rich, N 2 lean stream 96 may have a C0 2 purity or concentration level of greater than approximately 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 95, 96, 97, 98, or 99 percent by volume, and a N 2 purity or concentration level of less than approximately 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, or 30 percent by volume. In contrast, the C0 2 lean, N 2 rich stream 98 may have a C0 2 purity or concentration level of less than approximately 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, or 30 percent by volume, and a N 2 purity or concentration level of greater than approximately 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 95, 96, 97, 98, or 99 percent by volume. The intermediate concentration C0 2 , N 2 stream 97 may have a C0 2 purity or concentration level and/or a N 2 purity or concentration level of between approximately 30 to 70, 35 to 65, 40 to 60, or 45 to 55 percent by volume. Although the foregoing ranges are merely non-limiting examples, the C0 2 rich, N 2 lean stream 96 and the C0 2 lean, N 2 rich stream 98 may be particularly well suited for use with the EOR system 18 and the other systems 84. However, any of these rich, lean, or intermediate concentration C0 2 streams 95 may be used, alone or in various combinations, with the EOR system 18 and the other systems 84. For example, the EOR system 18 and the other systems 84 (e.g., the pipeline 86, storage tank 88, and the carbon sequestration system 90) each may receive one or more C0 2 rich, N 2 lean streams 96, one or more C0 2 lean, N 2 rich streams 98, one or more intermediate concentration C0 2 , N 2 streams 97, and one or more untreated exhaust gas 42 streams (i.e., bypassing the EG treatment system 82).

[0029] The EG extraction system 80 extracts the exhaust gas 42 at one or more extraction points 76 along the compressor section, the combustor section, and/or the turbine section, such that the exhaust gas 42 may be used in the EOR system 18 and other systems 84 at suitable temperatures and pressures. The EG extraction system 80 and/or the EG treatment system 82 also may circulate fluid flows (e.g., exhaust gas 42) to and from the EG processing system 54. For example, a portion of the exhaust gas 42 passing through the EG processing system 54 may be extracted by the EG extraction system 80 for use in the EOR system 18 and the other systems 84. In certain embodiments, the EG supply system 78 and the EG processing system 54 may be independent or integral with one another, and thus may use independent or common subsystems. For example, the EG treatment system 82 may be used by both the EG supply system 78 and the EG processing system 54. Exhaust gas 42 extracted from the EG processing system 54 may undergo multiple stages of gas treatment, such as one or more stages of gas treatment in the EG processing system 54 followed by one or more additional stages of gas treatment in the EG treatment system 82.

[0030] At each extraction point 76, the extracted exhaust gas 42 may be substantially free of oxidant 68 and fuel 70 (e.g., unburnt fuel or hydrocarbons) due to substantially stoichiometric combustion and/or gas treatment in the EG processing system 54. Furthermore, depending on the target system, the extracted exhaust gas 42 may undergo further treatment in the EG treatment system 82 of the EG supply system 78, thereby further reducing any residual oxidant 68, fuel 70, or other undesirable products of combustion. For example, either before or after treatment in the EG treatment system 82, the extracted exhaust gas 42 may have less than 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 percent by volume of oxidant (e.g., oxygen), unburnt fuel or hydrocarbons (e.g., HCs), nitrogen oxides (e.g., NO x ), carbon monoxide (CO), sulfur oxides (e.g., SOx), hydrogen, and other products of incomplete combustion. By further example, either before or after treatment in the EG treatment system 82, the extracted exhaust gas 42 may have less than approximately 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000, or 5000 parts per million by volume (ppmv) of oxidant (e.g., oxygen), unburnt fuel or hydrocarbons (e.g., HCs), nitrogen oxides (e.g., ΝΟχ), carbon monoxide (CO), sulfur oxides (e.g., SOx), hydrogen, and other products of incomplete combustion. Thus, the exhaust gas 42 is particularly well suited for use with the EOR system 18.

[0031] The EGR operation of the turbine system 52 specifically enables the exhaust extraction at a multitude of locations 76. For example, the compressor section of the system 52 may be used to compress the exhaust gas 66 without any oxidant 68 (i.e., only compression of the exhaust gas 66), such that a substantially oxygen-free exhaust gas 42 may be extracted from the compressor section and/or the combustor section prior to entry of the oxidant 68 and the fuel 70. The extraction points 76 may be located at interstage ports between adjacent compressor stages, at ports along the compressor discharge casing, at ports along each combustor in the combustor section, or any combination thereof. In certain embodiments, the exhaust gas 66 may not mix with the oxidant 68 and fuel 70 until it reaches the head end portion and/or fuel nozzles of each combustor in the combustor section. Furthermore, one or more flow separators (e.g., walls, dividers, baffles, or the like) may be used to isolate the oxidant 68 and the fuel 70 from the extraction points 76. With these flow separators, the extraction points 76 may be disposed directly along a wall of each combustor in the combustor section.

[0032] Once the exhaust gas 66, oxidant 68, and fuel 70 flow through the head end portion (e.g., through fuel nozzles) into the combustion portion (e.g., combustion chamber) of each combustor, the SEGR gas turbine system 52 is controlled to provide a substantially stoichiometric combustion of the exhaust gas 66, oxidant 68, and fuel 70. For example, the system 52 may maintain an equivalence ratio of approximately 0.95 to approximately 1.05. As a result, the products of combustion of the mixture of exhaust gas 66, oxidant 68, and fuel 70 in each combustor is substantially free of oxygen and unburnt fuel. Thus, the products of combustion (or exhaust gas) may be extracted from the turbine section of the SEGR gas turbine system 52 for use as the exhaust gas 42 routed to the EOR system 18. Along the turbine section, the extraction points 76 may be located at any turbine stage, such as interstage ports between adjacent turbine stages. Thus, using any of the foregoing extraction points 76, the turbine -based service system 14 may generate, extract, and deliver the exhaust gas 42 to the hydrocarbon production system 12 (e.g., the EOR system 18) for use in the production of oil/gas 48 from the subterranean reservoir 20.

[0033] FIG. 2 is a diagram of an embodiment of the system 10 of FIG. 1, illustrating a control system 100 coupled to the turbine-based service system 14 and the hydrocarbon production system 12. In the illustrated embodiment, the turbine- based service system 14 includes a combined cycle system 102, which includes the SEGR gas turbine system 52 as a topping cycle, a steam turbine 104 as a bottoming cycle, and the HRSG 56 to recover heat from the exhaust gas 60 to generate the steam 62 for driving the steam turbine 104. Again, the SEGR gas turbine system 52 receives, mixes, and stoichiometrically combusts the exhaust gas 66, the oxidant 68, and the fuel 70 (e.g., premix and/or diffusion flames), thereby producing the exhaust gas 60, the mechanical power 72, the electrical power 74, and/or the water 64. For example, the SEGR gas turbine system 52 may drive one or more loads or machinery 106, such as an electrical generator, an oxidant compressor (e.g., a main air compressor), a gear box, a pump, equipment of the hydrocarbon production system 12, or any combination thereof. In some embodiments, the machinery 106 may include other drives, such as electrical motors or steam turbines (e.g., the steam turbine 104), in tandem with the SEGR gas turbine system 52. Accordingly, an output of the machinery 106 driven by the SEGR gas turbines system 52 (and any additional drives) may include the mechanical power 72 and the electrical power 74. The mechanical power 72 and/or the electrical power 74 may be used on-site for powering the hydrocarbon production system 12, the electrical power 74 may be distributed to the power grid, or any combination thereof. The output of the machinery 106 also may include a compressed fluid, such as a compressed oxidant 68 (e.g., air or oxygen), for intake into the combustion section of the SEGR gas turbine system 52. Each of these outputs (e.g., the exhaust gas 60, the mechanical power 72, the electrical power 74, and/or the water 64) may be considered a service of the turbine-based service system 14.

[0034] The SEGR gas turbine system 52 produces the exhaust gas 42, 60, which may be substantially free of oxygen, and routes this exhaust gas 42, 60 to the EG processing system 54 and/or the EG supply system 78. The EG supply system 78 may treat and delivery the exhaust gas 42 (e.g., streams 95) to the hydrocarbon production system 12 and/or the other systems 84. As discussed above, the EG processing system 54 may include the HRSG 56 and the EGR system 58. The HRSG 56 may include one or more heat exchangers, condensers, and various heat recovery equipment, which may be used to recover or transfer heat from the exhaust gas 60 to water 108 to generate the steam 62 for driving the steam turbine 104. Similar to the SEGR gas turbine system 52, the steam turbine 104 may drive one or more loads or machinery 106, thereby generating the mechanical power 72 and the electrical power 74. In the illustrated embodiment, the SEGR gas turbine system 52 and the steam turbine 104 are arranged in tandem to drive the same machinery 106. However, in other embodiments, the SEGR gas turbine system 52 and the steam turbine 104 may separately drive different machinery 106 to independently generate mechanical power 72 and/or electrical power 74. As the steam turbine 104 is driven by the steam 62 from the HRSG 56, the steam 62 gradually decreases in temperature and pressure. Accordingly, the steam turbine 104 recirculates the used steam 62 and/or water 108 back into the HRSG 56 for additional steam generation via heat recovery from the exhaust gas 60. In addition to steam generation, the HRSG 56, the EGR system 58, and/or another portion of the EG processing system 54 may produce the water 64, the exhaust gas 42 for use with the hydrocarbon production system 12, and the exhaust gas 66 for use as an input into the SEGR gas turbine system 52. For example, the water 64 may be a treated water 64, such as a desalinated water for use in other applications. The desalinated water may be particularly useful in regions of low water availability. Regarding the exhaust gas 60, embodiments of the EG processing system 54 may be configured to recirculate the exhaust gas 60 through the EGR system 58 with or without passing the exhaust gas 60 through the HRSG 56.

[0035] In the illustrated embodiment, the SEGR gas turbine system 52 has an exhaust recirculation path 110, which extends from an exhaust outlet to an exhaust inlet of the system 52. Along the path 110, the exhaust gas 60 passes through the EG processing system 54, which includes the HRSG 56 and the EGR system 58 in the illustrated embodiment. The EGR system 58 may include one or more conduits, valves, blowers, gas treatment systems (e.g., filters, particulate removal units, gas separation units, gas purification units, heat exchangers, heat recovery units such as heat recovery steam generators, moisture removal units, catalyst units, chemical injection units, or any combination thereof) in series and/or parallel arrangements along the path 110. In other words, the EGR system 58 may include any flow control components, pressure control components, temperature control components, moisture control components, and gas composition control components along the exhaust recirculation path 110 between the exhaust outlet and the exhaust inlet of the system 52. Accordingly, in embodiments with the HRSG 56 along the path 110, the HRSG 56 may be considered a component of the EGR system 58. However, in certain embodiments, the HRSG 56 may be disposed along an exhaust path independent from the exhaust recirculation path 1 10. Regardless of whether the HRSG 56 is along a separate path or a common path with the EGR system 58, the HRSG 56 and the EGR system 58 intake the exhaust gas 60 and output either the recirculated exhaust gas 66, the exhaust gas 42 for use with the EG supply system 78 (e.g., for the hydrocarbon production system 12 and/or other systems 84), or another output of exhaust gas. Again, the SEGR gas turbine system 52 intakes, mixes, and stoichiometrically combusts the exhaust gas 66, the oxidant 68, and the fuel 70 (e.g., premixed and/or diffusion flames) to produce a substantially oxygen-free and fuel-free exhaust gas 60 for distribution to the EG processing system 54, the hydrocarbon production system 12, or other systems 84.

[0036] As noted above with reference to FIG. 1, the hydrocarbon production system 12 may include a variety of equipment to facilitate the recovery or production of oil/gas 48 from a subterranean reservoir 20 through an oil/gas well 26. For example, the hydrocarbon production system 12 may include the EOR system 18 having the fluid injection system 34. In the illustrated embodiment, the fluid injection system 34 includes an exhaust gas injection EOR system 112 and a steam injection EOR system 114. Although the fluid injection system 34 may receive fluids from a variety of sources, the illustrated embodiment may receive the exhaust gas 42 and the steam 62 from the turbine-based service system 14. The exhaust gas 42 and/or the steam 62 produced by the turbine-based service system 14 also may be routed to the hydrocarbon production system 12 for use in other oil/gas systems 116.

[0037] The quantity, quality, and flow of the exhaust gas 42 and/or the steam 62 may be controlled by the control system 100. The control system 100 may be dedicated entirely to the turbine-based service system 14, or the control system 100 may optionally also provide control (or at least some data to facilitate control) for the hydrocarbon production system 12 and/or other systems 84. In the illustrated embodiment, the control system 100 includes a controller 118 having a processor 120, a memory 122, a steam turbine control 124, a SEGR gas turbine system control 126, and a machinery control 128. The processor 120 may include a single processor or two or more redundant processors, such as triple redundant processors for control of the turbine -based service system 14. The memory 122 may include volatile and/or non- volatile memory. For example, the memory 122 may include one or more hard drives, flash memory, read-only memory, random access memory, or any combination thereof. The controls 124, 126, and 128 may include software and/or hardware controls. For example, the controls 124, 126, and 128 may include various instructions or code stored on the memory 122 and executable by the processor 120. The control 124 is configured to control operation of the steam turbine 104, the SEGR gas turbine system control 126 is configured to control the system 52, and the machinery control 128 is configured to control the machinery 106. Thus, the controller 118 (e.g., controls 124, 126, and 128) may be configured to coordinate various sub-systems of the turbine-based service system 14 to provide a suitable stream of the exhaust gas 42 to the hydrocarbon production system 12.

[0038] In certain embodiments of the control system 100, each element (e.g., system, subsystem, and component) illustrated in the drawings or described herein includes (e.g., directly within, upstream, or downstream of such element) one or more industrial control features, such as sensors and control devices, which are communicatively coupled with one another over an industrial control network along with the controller 118. For example, the control devices associated with each element may include a dedicated device controller (e.g., including a processor, memory, and control instructions), one or more actuators, valves, switches, and industrial control equipment, which enable control based on sensor feedback 130, control signals from the controller 118, control signals from a user, or any combination thereof. Thus, any of the control functionality described herein may be implemented with control instructions stored and/or executable by the controller 118, dedicated device controllers associated with each element, or a combination thereof.

[0039] In order to facilitate such control functionality, the control system 100 includes one or more sensors distributed throughout the system 10 to obtain the sensor feedback 130 for use in execution of the various controls, e.g., the controls 124, 126, and 128. For example, the sensor feedback 130 may be obtained from sensors distributed throughout the SEGR gas turbine system 52, the machinery 106, the EG processing system 54, the steam turbine 104, the hydrocarbon production system 12, or any other components throughout the turbine-based service system 14 or the hydrocarbon production system 12. For example, the sensor feedback 130 may include temperature feedback, pressure feedback, flow rate feedback, flame temperature feedback, combustion dynamics feedback, intake oxidant composition feedback, intake fuel composition feedback, exhaust composition feedback, the output level of mechanical power 72, the output level of electrical power 74, the output quantity of the exhaust gas 42, 60, the output quantity or quality of the water 64, or any combination thereof. For example, the sensor feedback 130 may include a composition of the exhaust gas 42, 60 to facilitate stoichiometric combustion in the SEGR gas turbine system 52. For example, the sensor feedback 130 may include feedback from one or more intake oxidant sensors along an oxidant supply path of the oxidant 68, one or more intake fuel sensors along a fuel supply path of the fuel 70, and one or more exhaust emissions sensors disposed along the exhaust recirculation path 110 and/or within the SEGR gas turbine system 52. The intake oxidant sensors, intake fuel sensors, and exhaust emissions sensors may include temperature sensors, pressure sensors, flow rate sensors, and composition sensors. The emissions sensors may includes sensors for nitrogen oxides (e.g., NO x sensors), carbon oxides (e.g., CO sensors and C0 2 sensors), sulfur oxides (e.g., SOx sensors), hydrogen (e.g., H 2 sensors), oxygen (e.g., 0 2 sensors), unburnt hydrocarbons (e.g., HC sensors), or other products of incomplete combustion, or any combination thereof.

[0040] Using this feedback 130, the control system 100 may adjust (e.g., increase, decrease, or maintain) the intake flow of exhaust gas 66, oxidant 68, and/or fuel 70 into the SEGR gas turbine system 52 (among other operational parameters) to maintain the equivalence ratio within a suitable range, e.g., between approximately 0.95 to approximately 1.05, between approximately 0.95 to approximately 1.0, between approximately 1.0 to approximately 1.05, or substantially at 1.0. For example, the control system 100 may analyze the feedback 130 to monitor the exhaust emissions (e.g., concentration levels of nitrogen oxides, carbon oxides such as CO and C0 2 , sulfur oxides, hydrogen, oxygen, unburnt hydrocarbons, and other products of incomplete combustion) and/or determine the equivalence ratio, and then control one or more components to adjust the exhaust emissions (e.g., concentration levels in the exhaust gas 42) and/or the equivalence ratio. The controlled components may include any of the components illustrated and described with reference to the drawings, including but not limited to, valves along the supply paths for the oxidant 68, the fuel 70, and the exhaust gas 66; an oxidant compressor, a fuel pump, or any components in the EG processing system 54; any components of the SEGR gas turbine system 52, or any combination thereof. The controlled components may adjust (e.g., increase, decrease, or maintain) the flow rates, temperatures, pressures, or percentages (e.g., equivalence ratio) of the oxidant 68, the fuel 70, and the exhaust gas 66 that combust within the SEGR gas turbine system 52. The controlled components also may include one or more gas treatment systems, such as catalyst units (e.g., oxidation catalyst units), supplies for the catalyst units (e.g., oxidation fuel, heat, electricity, etc.), gas purification and/or separation units (e.g., solvent based separators, absorbers, flash tanks, etc.), and filtration units. The gas treatment systems may help reduce various exhaust emissions along the exhaust recirculation path 110, a vent path (e.g., exhausted into the atmosphere), or an extraction path to the EG supply system 78.

[0041] In certain embodiments, the control system 100 may analyze the feedback 130 and control one or more components to maintain or reduce emissions levels (e.g., concentration levels in the exhaust gas 42, 60, 95) to a target range, such as less than approximately 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, or 10000 parts per million by volume (ppmv). These target ranges may be the same or different for each of the exhaust emissions, e.g., concentration levels of nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, sulfur oxides, hydrogen, oxygen, unburnt hydrocarbons, and other products of incomplete combustion. For example, depending on the equivalence ratio, the control system 100 may selectively control exhaust emissions (e.g., concentration levels) of oxidant (e.g., oxygen) within a target range of less than approximately 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 250, 500, 750, or 1000 ppmv; carbon monoxide (CO) within a target range of less than approximately 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2500, or 5000 ppmv; and nitrogen oxides (NO x ) within a target range of less than approximately 50, 100, 200, 300, 400, or 500 ppmv. In certain embodiments operating with a substantially stoichiometric equivalence ratio, the control system 100 may selectively control exhaust emissions (e.g., concentration levels) of oxidant (e.g., oxygen) within a target range of less than approximately 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, or 100 ppmv; and carbon monoxide (CO) within a target range of less than approximately 500, 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000, or 5000 ppmv. In certain embodiments operating with a fuel-lean equivalence ratio (e.g., between approximately 0.95 to 1.0), the control system 100 may selectively control exhaust emissions (e.g., concentration levels) of oxidant (e.g., oxygen) within a target range of less than approximately 500, 600, 700, 800, 900, 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400, or 1500 ppmv; carbon monoxide (CO) within a target range of less than approximately 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 150, or 200 ppmv; and nitrogen oxides (e.g., ΝΟχ) within a target range of less than approximately 50, 100, 150, 200, 250, 300, 350, or 400 ppmv. The foregoing target ranges are merely examples, and are not intended to limit the scope of the disclosed embodiments.

[0042] The control system 100 also may be coupled to a local interface 132 and a remote interface 134. For example, the local interface 132 may include a computer workstation disposed on-site at the turbine -based service system 14 and/or the hydrocarbon production system 12. In contrast, the remote interface 134 may include a computer workstation disposed off-site from the turbine-based service system 14 and the hydrocarbon production system 12, such as through an internet connection. These interfaces 132 and 134 facilitate monitoring and control of the turbine-based service system 14, such as through one or more graphical displays of sensor feedback 130, operational parameters, and so forth.

[0043] Again, as noted above, the controller 118 includes a variety of controls 124, 126, and 128 to facilitate control of the turbine-based service system 14. The steam turbine control 124 may receive the sensor feedback 130 and output control commands to facilitate operation of the steam turbine 104. For example, the steam turbine control 124 may receive the sensor feedback 130 from the HRSG 56, the machinery 106, temperature and pressure sensors along a path of the steam 62, temperature and pressure sensors along a path of the water 108, and various sensors indicative of the mechanical power 72 and the electrical power 74. Likewise, the SEGR gas turbine system control 126 may receive sensor feedback 130 from one or more sensors disposed along the SEGR gas turbine system 52, the machinery 106, the EG processing system 54, or any combination thereof. For example, the sensor feedback 130 may be obtained from temperature sensors, pressure sensors, clearance sensors, vibration sensors, flame sensors, fuel composition sensors, exhaust gas composition sensors, or any combination thereof, disposed within or external to the SEGR gas turbine system 52. Finally, the machinery control 128 may receive sensor feedback 130 from various sensors associated with the mechanical power 72 and the electrical power 74, as well as sensors disposed within the machinery 106. Each of these controls 124, 126, and 128 uses the sensor feedback 130 to improve operation of the turbine-based service system 14.

[0044] In the illustrated embodiment, the SEGR gas turbine system control 126 may execute instructions to control the quantity and quality of the exhaust gas 42, 60, 95 in the EG processing system 54, the EG supply system 78, the hydrocarbon production system 12, and/or the other systems 84. For example, the SEGR gas turbine system control 126 may maintain a level of oxidant (e.g., oxygen) and/or unburnt fuel in the exhaust gas 60 below a threshold suitable for use with the exhaust gas injection EOR system 112. In certain embodiments, the threshold levels may be less than 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 percent of oxidant (e.g., oxygen) and/or unburnt fuel by volume of the exhaust gas 42, 60; or the threshold levels of oxidant (e.g., oxygen) and/or unburnt fuel (and other exhaust emissions) may be less than approximately 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000, or 5000 parts per million by volume (ppmv) in the exhaust gas 42, 60. By further example, in order to achieve these low levels of oxidant (e.g., oxygen) and/or unburnt fuel, the SEGR gas turbine system control 126 may maintain an equivalence ratio for combustion in the SEGR gas turbine system 52 between approximately 0.95 and approximately 1.05. The SEGR gas turbine system control 126 also may control the EG extraction system 80 and the EG treatment system 82 to maintain the temperature, pressure, flow rate, and gas composition of the exhaust gas 42, 60, 95 within suitable ranges for the exhaust gas injection EOR system 112, the pipeline 86, the storage tank 88, and the carbon sequestration system 90. As discussed above, the EG treatment system 82 may be controlled to purify and/or separate the exhaust gas 42 into one or more gas streams 95, such as the C0 2 rich, N 2 lean stream 96, the intermediate concentration C0 2 , N 2 stream 97, and the C0 2 lean, N 2 rich stream 98. In addition to controls for the exhaust gas 42, 60, and 95, the controls 124, 126, and 128 may execute one or more instructions to maintain the mechanical power 72 within a suitable power range, or maintain the electrical power 74 within a suitable frequency and power range.

[0045] FIG. 3 is a diagram of embodiment of the system 10, further illustrating details of the SEGR gas turbine system 52 for use with the hydrocarbon production system 12 and/or other systems 84. In the illustrated embodiment, the SEGR gas turbine system 52 includes a gas turbine engine 150 coupled to the EG processing system 54. The illustrated gas turbine engine 150 includes a compressor section 152, a combustor section 154, and an expander section or turbine section 156. The compressor section 152 includes one or more exhaust gas compressors or compressor stages 158, such as 1 to 20 stages of rotary compressor blades disposed in a series arrangement. Likewise, the combustor section 154 includes one or more combustors 160, such as 1 to 20 combustors 160 distributed circumferentially about a rotational axis 162 of the SEGR gas turbine system 52. Furthermore, each combustor 160 may include one or more fuel nozzles 164 configured to inject the exhaust gas 66, the oxidant 68, and/or the fuel 70. For example, a head end portion 166 of each combustor 160 may house 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or more fuel nozzles 164, which may inject streams or mixtures of the exhaust gas 66, the oxidant 68, and/or the fuel 70 into a combustion portion 168 (e.g., combustion chamber) of the combustor 160.

[0046] The fuel nozzles 164 may include any combination of premix fuel nozzles 164 (e.g., configured to premix the oxidant 68 and fuel 70 for generation of an oxidant/fuel premix flame) and/or diffusion fuel nozzles 164 (e.g., configured to inject separate flows of the oxidant 68 and fuel 70 for generation of an oxidant/fuel diffusion flame). Embodiments of the premix fuel nozzles 164 may include swirl vanes, mixing chambers, or other features to internally mix the oxidant 68 and fuel 70 within the nozzles 164, prior to injection and combustion in the combustion chamber 168. The premix fuel nozzles 164 also may receive at least some partially mixed oxidant 68 and fuel 70. In certain embodiments, each diffusion fuel nozzle 164 may isolate flows of the oxidant 68 and the fuel 70 until the point of injection, while also isolating flows of one or more diluents (e.g., the exhaust gas 66, steam, nitrogen, or another inert gas) until the point of injection. In other embodiments, each diffusion fuel nozzle 164 may isolate flows of the oxidant 68 and the fuel 70 until the point of injection, while partially mixing one or more diluents (e.g., the exhaust gas 66, steam, nitrogen, or another inert gas) with the oxidant 68 and/or the fuel 70 prior to the point of injection. In addition, one or more diluents (e.g., the exhaust gas 66, steam, nitrogen, or another inert gas) may be injected into the combustor (e.g., into the hot products of combustion) either at or downstream from the combustion zone, thereby helping to reduce the temperature of the hot products of combustion and reduce emissions of ΝΟχ (e.g., NO and N0 2 ). Regardless of the type of fuel nozzle 164, the SEGR gas turbine system 52 may be controlled to provide substantially stoichiometric combustion of the oxidant 68 and fuel 70.

[0047] In diffusion combustion embodiments using the diffusion fuel nozzles 164, the fuel 70 and oxidant 68 generally do not mix upstream from the diffusion flame, but rather the fuel 70 and oxidant 68 mix and react directly at the flame surface and/or the flame surface exists at the location of mixing between the fuel 70 and oxidant 68. In particular, the fuel 70 and oxidant 68 separately approach the flame surface (or diffusion boundary/interface), and then diffuse (e.g., via molecular and viscous diffusion) along the flame surface (or diffusion boundary/interface) to generate the diffusion flame. It is noteworthy that the fuel 70 and oxidant 68 may be at a substantially stoichiometric ratio along this flame surface (or diffusion boundary/interface), which may result in a greater flame temperature (e.g., a peak flame temperature) along this flame surface. The stoichiometric fuel/oxidant ratio generally results in a greater flame temperature (e.g., a peak flame temperature), as compared with a fuel-lean or fuel-rich fuel/oxidant ratio. As a result, the diffusion flame may be substantially more stable than a premix flame, because the diffusion of fuel 70 and oxidant 68 helps to maintain a stoichiometric ratio (and greater temperature) along the flame surface. Although greater flame temperatures can also lead to greater exhaust emissions, such as ΝΟχ emissions, the disclosed embodiments use one or more diluents to help control the temperature and emissions while still avoiding any premixing of the fuel 70 and oxidant 68. For example, the disclosed embodiments may introduce one or more diluents separate from the fuel 70 and oxidant 68 (e.g., after the point of combustion and/or downstream from the diffusion flame), thereby helping to reduce the temperature and reduce the emissions (e.g., ΝΟχ emissions) produced by the diffusion flame.

[0048] In operation, as illustrated, the compressor section 152 receives and compresses the exhaust gas 66 from the EG processing system 54, and outputs a compressed exhaust gas 170 to each of the combustors 160 in the combustor section 154. Upon combustion of the fuel 60, oxidant 68, and exhaust gas 170 within each combustor 160, additional exhaust gas or products of combustion 172 (i.e., combustion gas) is routed into the turbine section 156. Similar to the compressor section 152, the turbine section 156 includes one or more turbines or turbine stages 174, which may include a series of rotary turbine blades. These turbine blades are then driven by the products of combustion 172 generated in the combustor section 154, thereby driving rotation of a shaft 176 coupled to the machinery 106. Again, the machinery 106 may include a variety of equipment coupled to either end of the SEGR gas turbine system 52, such as machinery 106, 178 coupled to the turbine section 156 and/or machinery 106, 180 coupled to the compressor section 152. In certain embodiments, the machinery 106, 178, 180 may include one or more electrical generators, oxidant compressors for the oxidant 68, fuel pumps for the fuel 70, gear boxes, or additional drives (e.g. steam turbine 104, electrical motor, etc.) coupled to the SEGR gas turbine system 52. Non-limiting examples are discussed in further detail below with reference to TABLE 1. As illustrated, the turbine section 156 outputs the exhaust gas 60 to recirculate along the exhaust recirculation path 110 from an exhaust outlet 182 of the turbine section 156 to an exhaust inlet 184 into the compressor section 152. Along the exhaust recirculation path 110, the exhaust gas 60 passes through the EG processing system 54 (e.g., the HRSG 56 and/or the EGR system 58) as discussed in detail above.

[0049] Again, each combustor 160 in the combustor section 154 receives, mixes, and stoichiometrically combusts the compressed exhaust gas 170, the oxidant 68, and the fuel 70 to produce the additional exhaust gas or products of combustion 172 to drive the turbine section 156. In certain embodiments, the oxidant 68 is compressed by an oxidant compression system 186, such as a main oxidant compression (MOC) system (e.g., a main air compression (MAC) system) having one or more oxidant compressors (MOCs). The oxidant compression system 186 includes an oxidant compressor 188 coupled to a drive 190. For example, the drive 190 may include an electric motor, a combustion engine, or any combination thereof. In certain embodiments, the drive 190 may be a turbine engine, such as the gas turbine engine 150. Accordingly, the oxidant compression system 186 may be an integral part of the machinery 106. In other words, the compressor 188 may be directly or indirectly driven by the mechanical power 72 supplied by the shaft 176 of the gas turbine engine 150. In such an embodiment, the drive 190 may be excluded, because the compressor 188 relies on the power output from the turbine engine 150. However, in certain embodiments employing more than one oxidant compressor is employed, a first oxidant compressor (e.g., a low pressure (LP) oxidant compressor) may be driven by the drive 190 while the shaft 176 drives a second oxidant compressor (e.g., a high pressure (HP) oxidant compressor), or vice versa. For example, in another embodiment, the HP MOC is driven by the drive 190 and the LP oxidant compressor is driven by the shaft 176. In the illustrated embodiment, the oxidant compression system 186 is separate from the machinery 106. In each of these embodiments, the compression system 186 compresses and supplies the oxidant 68 to the fuel nozzles 164 and the combustors 160. Accordingly, some or all of the machinery 106, 178, 180 may be configured to increase the operational efficiency of the compression system 186 (e.g., the compressor 188 and/or additional compressors).

[0050] The variety of components of the machinery 106, indicated by element numbers 106A, 106B, 106C, 106D, 106E, and 106F, may be disposed along the line of the shaft 176 and/or parallel to the line of the shaft 176 in one or more series arrangements, parallel arrangements, or any combination of series and parallel arrangements. For example, the machinery 106, 178, 180 (e.g., 106A through 106F) may include any series and/or parallel arrangement, in any order, of: one or more gearboxes (e.g., parallel shaft, epicyclic gearboxes), one or more compressors (e.g., oxidant compressors, booster compressors such as EG booster compressors), one or more power generation units (e.g., electrical generators), one or more drives (e.g., steam turbine engines, electrical motors), heat exchange units (e.g., direct or indirect heat exchangers), clutches, or any combination thereof. The compressors may include axial compressors, radial or centrifugal compressors, or any combination thereof, each having one or more compression stages. Regarding the heat exchangers, direct heat exchangers may include spray coolers (e.g., spray intercoolers), which inject a liquid spray into a gas flow (e.g., oxidant flow) for direct cooling of the gas flow. Indirect heat exchangers may include at least one wall (e.g., a shell and tube heat exchanger) separating first and second flows, such as a fluid flow (e.g., oxidant flow) separated from a coolant flow (e.g., water, air, refrigerant, or any other liquid or gas coolant), wherein the coolant flow transfers heat from the fluid flow without any direct contact. Examples of indirect heat exchangers include intercooler heat exchangers and heat recovery units, such as heat recovery steam generators. The heat exchangers also may include heaters. As discussed in further detail below, each of these machinery components may be used in various combinations as indicated by the non-limiting examples set forth in TABLE 1.

[0051] Generally, the machinery 106, 178, 180 may be configured to increase the efficiency of the compression system 186 by, for example, adjusting operational speeds of one or more oxidant compressors in the system 186, facilitating compression of the oxidant 68 through cooling, and/or extraction of surplus power. The disclosed embodiments are intended to include any and all permutations of the foregoing components in the machinery 106, 178, 180 in series and parallel arrangements, wherein one, more than one, all, or none of the components derive power from the shaft 176. As illustrated below, TABLE 1 depicts some non-limiting examples of arrangements of the machinery 106, 178, 180 disposed proximate and/or coupled to the compressor and turbine sections 152, 156.

106A 106B 106C 106D 106E 106F

MOC GEN

MOC GBX GEN

LP HP GEN MOC MOC

HP GBX LP GEN MOC MOC

MOC GBX GEN

MOC

HP GBX GEN LP MOC MOC

MOC GBX GEN

MOC GBX DRV

DRV GBX LP HP GBX GEN MOC MOC

DRV GBX HP LP GEN MOC MOC

HP GBX LP GEN MOC MOC CLR

HP GBX LP GBX GEN MOC MOC CLR

HP GBX LP GEN MOC MOC HTR STGN

MOC GEN DRV

MOC DRV GEN

DRV MOC GEN

DRV CLU MOC GEN

DRV CLU MOC GBX GEN

TABLE 1 [0053] As illustrated above in TABLE 1, a cooling unit is represented as CLR, a clutch is represented as CLU, a drive is represented by DRV, a gearbox is represented as GBX, a generator is represented by GEN, a heating unit is represented by HTR, a main oxidant compressor unit is represented by MOC, with low pressure and high pressure variants being represented as LP MOC and HP MOC, respectively, and a steam generator unit is represented as STGN. Although TABLE 1 illustrates the machinery 106, 178, 180 in sequence toward the compressor section 152 or the turbine section 156, TABLE 1 is also intended to cover the reverse sequence of the machinery 106, 178, 180. In TABLE 1, any cell including two or more components is intended to cover a parallel arrangement of the components. TABLE 1 is not intended to exclude any non-illustrated permutations of the machinery 106, 178, 180. These components of the machinery 106, 178, 180 may enable feedback control of temperature, pressure, and flow rate of the oxidant 68 sent to the gas turbine engine 150. As discussed in further detail below, the oxidant 68 and the fuel 70 may be supplied to the gas turbine engine 150 at locations specifically selected to facilitate isolation and extraction of the compressed exhaust gas 170 without any oxidant 68 or fuel 70 degrading the quality of the exhaust gas 170.

[0054] The EG supply system 78, as illustrated in FIG. 3, is disposed between the gas turbine engine 150 and the target systems (e.g., the hydrocarbon production system 12 and the other systems 84). In particular, the EG supply system 78, e.g., the EG extraction system (EGES) 80), may be coupled to the gas turbine engine 150 at one or more extraction points 76 along the compressor section 152, the combustor section 154, and/or the turbine section 156. For example, the extraction points 76 may be located between adjacent compressor stages, such as 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10 interstage extraction points 76 between compressor stages. Each of these interstage extraction points 76 provides a different temperature and pressure of the extracted exhaust gas 42. Similarly, the extraction points 76 may be located between adjacent turbine stages, such as 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10 interstage extraction points 76 between turbine stages. Each of these interstage extraction points 76 provides a different temperature and pressure of the extracted exhaust gas 42. By further example, the extraction points 76 may be located at a multitude of locations throughout the combustor section 154, which may provide different temperatures, pressures, flow rates, and gas compositions. Each of these extraction points 76 may include an EG extraction conduit, one or more valves, sensors, and controls, which may be used to selectively control the flow of the extracted exhaust gas 42 to the EG supply system 78.

[0055] The extracted exhaust gas 42, which is distributed by the EG supply system 78, has a controlled composition suitable for the target systems (e.g., the hydrocarbon production system 12 and the other systems 84). For example, at each of these extraction points 76, the exhaust gas 170 may be substantially isolated from injection points (or flows) of the oxidant 68 and the fuel 70. In other words, the EG supply system 78 may be specifically designed to extract the exhaust gas 170 from the gas turbine engine 150 without any added oxidant 68 or fuel 70. Furthermore, in view of the stoichiometric combustion in each of the combustors 160, the extracted exhaust gas 42 may be substantially free of oxygen and fuel. The EG supply system 78 may route the extracted exhaust gas 42 directly or indirectly to the hydrocarbon production system 12 and/or other systems 84 for use in various processes, such as enhanced oil recovery, carbon sequestration, storage, or transport to an offsite location. However, in certain embodiments, the EG supply system 78 includes the EG treatment system (EGTS) 82 for further treatment of the exhaust gas 42, prior to use with the target systems. For example, the EG treatment system 82 may purify and/or separate the exhaust gas 42 into one or more streams 95, such as the C0 2 rich, N 2 lean stream 96, the intermediate concentration C0 2 , N 2 stream 97, and the C0 2 lean, N 2 rich stream 98. These treated exhaust gas streams 95 may be used individually, or in any combination, with the hydrocarbon production system 12 and the other systems 84 (e.g., the pipeline 86, the storage tank 88, and the carbon sequestration system 90).

[0056] Similar to the exhaust gas treatments performed in the EG supply system 78, the EG processing system 54 may include a plurality of exhaust gas (EG) treatment components 192, such as indicated by element numbers 194, 196, 198, 200, 202, 204, 206, 208, and 210. These EG treatment components 192 (e.g., 194 through 210) may be disposed along the exhaust recirculation path 110 in one or more series arrangements, parallel arrangements, or any combination of series and parallel arrangements. For example, the EG treatment components 192 (e.g., 194 through 210) may include any series and/or parallel arrangement, in any order, of: one or more heat exchangers (e.g., heat recovery units such as heat recovery steam generators, condensers, coolers, or heaters), catalyst systems (e.g., oxidation catalyst systems), particulate and/or water removal systems (e.g., inertial separators, coalescing filters, water impermeable filters, and other filters), chemical injection systems, solvent based treatment systems (e.g., absorbers, flash tanks, etc.), carbon capture systems, gas separation systems, gas purification systems, and/or a solvent based treatment system, or any combination thereof. In certain embodiments, the catalyst systems may include an oxidation catalyst, a carbon monoxide reduction catalyst, a nitrogen oxides reduction catalyst, an aluminum oxide, a zirconium oxide, a silicone oxide, a titanium oxide, a platinum oxide, a palladium oxide, a cobalt oxide, or a mixed metal oxide, or a combination thereof. The disclosed embodiments are intended to include any and all permutations of the foregoing components 192 in series and parallel arrangements. As illustrated below, TABLE 2 depicts some non- limiting examples of arrangements of the components 192 along the exhaust recirculation path 110.

[0057]

TABLE 2

[0058] As illustrated above in TABLE 2, a catalyst unit is represented by CU, an oxidation catalyst unit is represented by OCU, a booster blower is represented by BB, a heat exchanger is represented by HX, a heat recovery unit is represented by HRU, a heat recovery steam generator is represented by HRSG, a condenser is represented by COND, a steam turbine is represented by ST, a particulate removal unit is represented by PRU, a moisture removal unit is represented by MRU, a filter is represented by FIL, a coalescing filter is represented by CFIL, a water impermeable filter is represented by WFIL, an inertial separator is represented by INER, and a diluent supply system (e.g., steam, nitrogen, or other inert gas) is represented by DIL. Although TABLE 2 illustrates the components 192 in sequence from the exhaust outlet 182 of the turbine section 156 toward the exhaust inlet 184 of the compressor section 152, TABLE 2 is also intended to cover the reverse sequence of the illustrated components 192. In TABLE 2, any cell including two or more components is intended to cover an integrated unit with the components, a parallel arrangement of the components, or any combination thereof. Furthermore, in context of TABLE 2, the HRU, the HRSG, and the COND are examples of the HE; the HRSG is an example of the HRU; the COND, WFIL, and CFIL are examples of the WRU; the INER, FIL, WFIL, and CFIL are examples of the PRU; and the WFIL and CFIL are examples of the FIL. Again, TABLE 2 is not intended to exclude any non-illustrated permutations of the components 192. In certain embodiments, the illustrated components 192 (e.g., 194 through 210) may be partially or completed integrated within the HRSG 56, the EGR system 58, or any combination thereof. These EG treatment components 192 may enable feedback control of temperature, pressure, flow rate, and gas composition, while also removing moisture and particulates from the exhaust gas 60. Furthermore, the treated exhaust gas 60 may be extracted at one or more extraction points 76 for use in the EG supply system 78 and/or recirculated to the exhaust inlet 184 of the compressor section 152.

[0059] As the treated, recirculated exhaust gas 66 passes through the compressor section 152, the SEGR gas turbine system 52 may bleed off a portion of the compressed exhaust gas along one or more lines 212 (e.g., bleed conduits or bypass conduits). Each line 212 may route the exhaust gas into one or more heat exchangers 214 (e.g., cooling units), thereby cooling the exhaust gas for recirculation back into the SEGR gas turbine system 52. For example, after passing through the heat exchanger 214, a portion of the cooled exhaust gas may be routed to the turbine section 156 along line 212 for cooling and/or sealing of the turbine casing, turbine shrouds, bearings, and other components. In such an embodiment, the SEGR gas turbine system 52 does not route any oxidant 68 (or other potential contaminants) through the turbine section 156 for cooling and/or sealing purposes, and thus any leakage of the cooled exhaust gas will not contaminate the hot products of combustion (e.g., working exhaust gas) flowing through and driving the turbine stages of the turbine section 156. By further example, after passing through the heat exchanger 214, a portion of the cooled exhaust gas may be routed along line 216 (e.g., return conduit) to an upstream compressor stage of the compressor section 152, thereby improving the efficiency of compression by the compressor section 152. In such an embodiment, the heat exchanger 214 may be configured as an interstage cooling unit for the compressor section 152. In this manner, the cooled exhaust gas helps to increase the operational efficiency of the SEGR gas turbine system 52, while simultaneously helping to maintain the purity of the exhaust gas (e.g., substantially free of oxidant and fuel).

[0060] FIG. 4 is a flow chart of an embodiment of an operational process 220 of the system 10 illustrated in FIGS 1-3. In certain embodiments, the process 220 may be a computer implemented process, which accesses one or more instructions stored on the memory 122 and executes the instructions on the processor 120 of the controller 118 shown in FIG. 2. For example, each step in the process 220 may include instructions executable by the controller 1 18 of the control system 100 described with reference to FIG. 2.

[0061] The process 220 may begin by initiating a startup mode of the SEGR gas turbine system 52 of FIGS. 1-3, as indicated by block 222. For example, the startup mode may involve a gradual ramp up of the SEGR gas turbine system 52 to maintain thermal gradients, vibration, and clearance (e.g., between rotating and stationary parts) within acceptable thresholds. For example, during the startup mode 222, the process 220 may begin to supply a compressed oxidant 68 to the combustors 160 and the fuel nozzles 164 of the combustor section 154, as indicated by block 224. In certain embodiments, the compressed oxidant may include a compressed air, oxygen, oxygen-enriched air, oxygen-reduced air, oxygen-nitrogen mixtures, or any combination thereof. For example, the oxidant 68 may be compressed by the oxidant compression system 186 illustrated in FIG. 3. The process 220 also may begin to supply fuel to the combustors 160 and the fuel nozzles 164 during the startup mode 222, as indicated by block 226. During the startup mode 222, the process 220 also may begin to supply exhaust gas (as available) to the combustors 160 and the fuel nozzles 164, as indicated by block 228. For example, the fuel nozzles 164 may produce one or more diffusion flames, premix flames, or a combination of diffusion and premix flames. During the startup mode 222, the exhaust gas 60 being generated by the gas turbine engine 156 may be insufficient or unstable in quantity and/or quality. Accordingly, during the startup mode, the process 220 may supply the exhaust gas 66 from one or more storage units (e.g., storage tank 88), the pipeline 86, other SEGR gas turbine systems 52, or other exhaust gas sources.

[0062] The process 220 may then combust a mixture of the compressed oxidant, fuel, and exhaust gas in the combustors 160 to produce hot combustion gas 172, as indicated by block 230. In particular, the process 220 may be controlled by the control system 100 of FIG. 2 to facilitate stoichiometric combustion (e.g., stoichiometric diffusion combustion, premix combustion, or both) of the mixture in the combustors 160 of the combustor section 154. However, during the startup mode 222, it may be particularly difficult to maintain stoichiometric combustion of the mixture (and thus low levels of oxidant and unburnt fuel may be present in the hot combustion gas 172). As a result, in the startup mode 222, the hot combustion gas 172 may have greater amounts of residual oxidant 68 and/or fuel 70 than during a steady state mode as discussed in further detail below. For this reason, the process 220 may execute one or more control instructions to reduce or eliminate the residual oxidant 68 and/or fuel 70 in the hot combustion gas 172 during the startup mode.

[0063] The process 220 then drives the turbine section 156 with the hot combustion gas 172, as indicated by block 232. For example, the hot combustion gas 172 may drive one or more turbine stages 174 disposed within the turbine section 156. Downstream of the turbine section 156, the process 220 may treat the exhaust gas 60 from the final turbine stage 174, as indicated by block 234. For example, the exhaust gas treatment 234 may include filtration, catalytic reaction of any residual oxidant 68 and/or fuel 70, chemical treatment, heat recovery with the HRSG 56, and so forth. The process 220 may also recirculate at least some of the exhaust gas 60 back to the compressor section 152 of the SEGR gas turbine system 52, as indicated by block 236. For example, the exhaust gas recirculation 236 may involve passage through the exhaust recirculation path 110 having the EG processing system 54 as illustrated in FIGS. 1-3.

[0064] In turn, the recirculated exhaust gas 66 may be compressed in the compressor section 152, as indicated by block 238. For example, the SEGR gas turbine system 52 may sequentially compress the recirculated exhaust gas 66 in one or more compressor stages 158 of the compressor section 152. Subsequently, the compressed exhaust gas 170 may be supplied to the combustors 160 and fuel nozzles 164, as indicated by block 228. Steps 230, 232, 234, 236, and 238 may then repeat, until the process 220 eventually transitions to a steady state mode, as indicated by block 240. Upon the transition 240, the process 220 may continue to perform the steps 224 through 238, but may also begin to extract the exhaust gas 42 via the EG supply system 78, as indicated by block 242. For example, the exhaust gas 42 may be extracted from one or more extraction points 76 along the compressor section 152, the combustor section 154, and the turbine section 156 as indicated in FIG. 3. In turn, the process 220 may supply the extracted exhaust gas 42 from the EG supply system 78 to the hydrocarbon production system 12, as indicated by block 244. The hydrocarbon production system 12 may then inject the exhaust gas 42 into the earth 32 for enhanced oil recovery, as indicated by block 246. For example, the extracted exhaust gas 42 may be used by the exhaust gas injection EOR system 112 of the EOR system 18 illustrated in FIGS. 1-3.

[0065] In certain embodiments, such as illustrated in FIG. 5, an EG recirculation loop may be provided via the EG processing system 54, suitable for receiving exhaust gas from the turbine section 156, boosting the EGR loop pressure, and conditioning the exhaust gas for admission to the compressor section 152. In the depicted embodiment, the EG processing system 54 may include the HRSG 56, a blower 580 (and suitable drive system) , and an EGR cooler 582. It is to be noted that other components, such as the components 194, 196, 198, 200, 202, 204, 206, and/or 210 shown in FIG. 3 may be included in the depicted embodiment of the EG processing system 54. Additionally, the depicted embodiment may include an intercooler system 584 coupled to the boost air compressor 188 which may be used to further boost oxidant 68 delivered from the machinery 106, 180. Because FIG. 5 includes like components as described in FIGS. 1-3 above, the like components are depicted with like numbers. The blower 580 may include a system 586 suitable for dynamically reconfiguring, for example, the pitch angle of the blower vanes. Accordingly, pressures within the EG recirculation loop affected by the blower 580 may be adjusted by varying the vane pitch angle 586. Likewise, the certain compressors included in the machinery 106, 180, and compression section 152 may include similarly adjustable vanes (e.g., inlet guide vanes) 588 and 590, respectively, used to dynamically adjust compression performance.

[0066] A plurality of sensors 600 (S) may be communicatively coupled to the control system 100, and the sensor feedback 130 may be used by the control system 100 to provide actuation signals 602. The actuation signals 602 may then be used by the control system 100 to actuate a plurality of actuators 604 (A). The sensors 600 may include, for example, pressure and temperature sensors suitable for measuring the pressure and temperature of exhaust incoming from the path 110. Additional pressures and temperatures may be measured at various locations in the EG processing system 54, such as the HRSG 56, in a recirculation path 592, the blower 580, a recirculation path 594, and the EG cooler 582. In addition to measuring exhaust gas pressure and temperature, the sensors 600 may measure properties of the various components depicted, including exhaust gas composition at various locations in the EG processing system 54, vane position 586, 588, 590 (e.g., vane angle), blower 580 pressure, blower 580 speed, blower 580 temperature, blower 580 flow rate, EG cooler temperature and pressures, and the like.

[0067] The sensors 600 may additionally or alternatively include sensors useful directly or indirectly in deriving the combustion equivalence ratio phi and/or the products of combustion. For example, lambda meters, and/or oxygen sensors may be used, suitable for measuring a proportion of oxygen before, during, and after combustion of the fuel 70 and oxidant 68 in the gas turbine 52 (e.g., fuel nozzles 164, combustion portion 168). The lambda sensors may determine, for example, a real time oxidant/fuel ratio (e.g., oxygen/fuel or air/fuel ratio), useful in the real time derivation of phi. The sensors 600 may additionally or alternatively include spectroscopic sensors (e.g., optical spectroscopic sensors, laser-based sensors, waveguide grating sensors), chromatography sensors, and the like, useful in determining chemical makeup of the fuel 70, oxidant 68, and/or products of combustion (e.g., nitrogen oxides, unburned hydrocarbons, carbon dioxide, carbon products, water, and so on). The sensors 600 may additionally include fuel sensors, flow sensors, pressure sensors, clearance sensors (e.g., distance between a rotating and a stationary component), humidity sensors, and/or temperature sensors.

[0068] The actuators 604 may include actuators useful in adjusting the vanes 586, 588, 590 (e.g. vane pitch actuators). Actuators may also include valves, linear motion actuators, non-linear motion actuators, positioners, switches, and so on, suitable for controlling the various depicted components. Accordingly, fuel 70 and oxidant 68 may be supplied through fuel nozzles 164, and as described above, the oxidant 68 may be additionally compressed by the compressor 188 driven by the drive 190, and combusted, providing for power and other products (e.g., gases), which may be used by the EG supply system 78, for example, to further process and provide to the HC production system 12 for production of hydrocarbons.

[0069] The control system 100 may use signals provided by the sensors 600 to control the various depicted systems, for example, via the actuators 604. With respect to the EG processing system 54, and more particularly, the blower 580, the control system 100 may enable a desired pressure for the exhaust gas exiting the EG processing system 54 and entering the compressor section 152. Indeed, the pressure of fluid (e.g., exhaust gas pressure) exiting the EG processing system 54 may be controlled by using, for example, load signals, such as load signals derived by the control system 100 based on the turbine section 156, EG supply system 78, HC production system 12, or other depicted systems (e.g., megawatt signal for the turbine section 156, volume of product gas production from the EG Supply System 78, volume of hydrocarbon production, from the HC production system 12, and so on). The control system 100, in one embodiment, may adjust the pressure of fluid exiting the EG processing system 54, for example, by varying the angle of the vanes 586. Increasing the vane angle may increase pressure, while decreasing the vane angle may decrease pressure. [0070] The flow rates of the fuel 70 and/or oxidant 68 may be adjusted by the control system 100 (e.g., by the controller 118) to provide for certain desired fuel/oxidant ratios or equivalence ratios, (e.g., 0,95 to 1.05 for substantially stoichiometric combustion), combustion dynamics measures, temperatures, pressures, flows, and the like. For example, the controller 118 may control the actuators 604 to stoichiometrically combust fuel 70 and oxidant 68 along with at least some of the recirculated exhaust gas (extracted at extraction points 76), and capture the exhaust gas in the exhaust gas supply system 78 for use in various target systems, such as the hydrocarbon production system 12. The combustion occurs in the combustor 168, resulting in the production of shaft torque by the turbine section 156. The turbine section 156 may be mechanically coupled to the compressor section 152 by one or more shafts 176, thereby driving rotation of the shaft 176. Additionally, the shaft 176 may be mechanically coupled to the machinery 106, 180 and drive the machinery 106, 180. Exhaust gas 110 provided by the turbine section 156 may then be provided to the EG processing system 54. The HRSG 56 may use energy in the exhaust gas to create steam useful in further driving other loads (e.g., steam turbine). The exhaust gas may then proceed to the blower 586 through path 592. The blower 586 may adjust the exhaust gas pressure, as described in more detail below with respect to FIG. 7, to a desired pressure useful in more optimally operating the turbine system 52. The exhaust gas may then proceed through path 594 to be cooled by the EGR cooler, thus reducing exhaust gas temperature prior to readmission to the compressor 152.

[0071] In certain embodiments, as depicted in FIG. 6, the controller 118 may execute a model based control (MBC) system 606, which may include MBC control techniques in combination with non-MBC control techniques (e.g., proportional, integral, derivative control techniques). The controller 118 may also include a triple modular redundant (TMR) controller having three processing cores (e.g., R, S, and T cores) useful in improving reliability of the control system 100. In some embodiments, such TMR systems may use a state-voting algorithm between redundant controllers to determine the appropriate state or action of the systems 52, 54 being monitored and controlled. The controller 118 may hold a "vote" between the R, S, and T cores to determine the next action (e.g., step) to take in the control logic, based on the state information of each core. The majority vote determines the selected action. For example, in using a state-voting algorithm, two of the cores, e.g., R and T, having the same state may "outvote" a third core, e.g., S, having a different state. In this manner, the control system 100 may rely on the controller 118 to provide a more reliable state (and action) for the systems 52, 54 being monitored and controlled. The MBC system 606 may be provided as computer instructions or code stored in a non-transitory medium, such as the memory 122 and executable by the processor 120.

[0072] As mentioned above, the system 606 may include a section using non-MBC techniques, such as proportional (P) control, integral (I) control, derivative (D) control, or a combination thereof. Accordingly, while a PID controller 610 is depicted, other controller techniques, e.g., PI, P, I, D, and so on, may be used. In use, the sensors 600 may provide data, such as a loading data 612 representative of a megawatt signal for the turbine section 156, volume of product gas production from the EG Supply System 78, volume of hydrocarbon production for the HC production system 12, and so on. A schedule system 614 may store one or more schedules 616 useful in deriving a vane reference 618 based on the loading data 612. For example, the schedules 616 may be a graph-based schedule, as depicted that maps loading data 612 to the vane reference 618 by following a graph or curve. For example, schedule 616 may be a two-dimensional curve or function with a first axis having loading values and a second axis having vane reference values 618. Accordingly, given a loading value 612, the curve or function may provide the respective vane reference value 618.

[0073] The vane reference value 618 may provide for a desired pitch of the adjustable vanes 586. That is, the reference 618 include a desired pitch value for the adjustable vanes 586. A comparator 620 may compare the vane reference 618 to a vane feedback 622 to derive a difference value 624. The difference value 624 may then be provided as input to the PID controller 610. As noted above, in other embodiments, a P controller , I controller, D controller, or combination thereof, may be used, alternatively to or additionally to the PID controller 610. The PID controller 610 may then derive a signal or vane command 626 suitable for positioning the adjustable vanes 586, for example, at a desired pitch angle.

[0074] The MBC system 606 includes techniques useful in improving lifetime and in optimizing the operations of the turbine-based service system 14. Accordingly, rather than using the vane command 626 directly to control the adjustable vanes 586, the vane command 626 may be further processed by a min selector system 628, as depicted. The min selector system 628 may receive as inputs other values 630, 632, 634, and 636, as described in more detail below, and select a minimum of all the inputted values 626, 630, 632, 634, and 636. A selected minimum 638 (e.g., limit- based value) of these values may then be passed on to a vane positioning system 640, which may then convert the selected value 638 to a signal 642 suitable to actuate the adjustable vanes 586 to position the adjustable vanes 586 at a desired angle 644.

[0075] As mentioned above, the min select system 628 receives a plurality of inputs 626, 630, 632, 634, and 636 and selects the minimum value from these inputs. In the depicted embodiment, the inputs 626, 630, 632, 634, and 636 are selected to respect certain limits of machinery, such as limits of the turbine -based service system 14 and its components. For example, while the PID controller 610 may command 626 a high vane angle, the min select system may select a smaller value 638 more suitable for enhancing the life of the turbine-based service system 14. In the depicted embodiment, the values 630 and 632 may be direct limits derived by controllers 646 and 648 respectively. The direct limits may be limits based on melting points of material, expansion limits of material (e.g., how much expansion is desired), friction limits, and so on. That is, the turbine-based service system 14 may include certain limits, such as an exhaust temperature limit 650 (e.g., exhaust gas exiting turbine 52, exhaust gas entering HRSG 56) and a compressor discharge temperature limit 652 (e.g., temperature of compressor 152 discharge) that may be directly derived from, for example, temperatures tolerated by the various components of the turbine-based service system 14. Accordingly, exhaust temperature measurements 654 and compressor discharge temperature measurements 656 may be captured via the sensors 600 and provided to the controllers 646 and 648. The controllers 646 and 648 may then compare the measurements 654, 656 to the limits 650, 652, and derive the values 630, 632 to respect the limits 650, 652. For example, if the values 654, 656 exceed the limits 650, 652, then the values 630 and 632 may be derived to be equal to the limits 650, 652.

[0076] The limits 634 and 636 may be indirect limits (e.g., model-based limit) computed, for example, by using a recycle gas turbine model controller 658 (e..g, physics-based model of the gas turbine system, including thermodynamic models of the gas turbine system). The model controller 658 may use one or more models 660, including first principles models (e.g., chemical models, thermodynamic models, and/or physics-based models) suitable for modeling the turbine-based service system 14, including but not limited to stoichiometric combustion. The models 660 may additionally include physics-based models, such as thermodynamic models, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) models, finite element analysis (FEA) models, solid models (e.g., parametric and non-parametric modeling), and/or 3-dimension to 2-dimension FEA mapping models that may be used to predict the products of combustion, stoichiometry, and/or the type and characteristics of the exhaust entering/leaving the EG processing system 54.

[0077] Models 660 may also include artificial intelligence (AI) models, such as expert systems (e.g. forward chained expert systems, backward chained expert systems), neural networks, fuzzy logic systems, state vector machines (SVMs), inductive reasoning systems, Bayesian inference systems, or a combination thereof. The models 660 may additionally include statistical models, such as regression analysis models, data mining models (e.g., clustering models, classification models, association models), and the like useful in more accurately deriving products of combustion (e.g., CO, C02, NOx, SOx, unburnt fuel, residual 02, etc.) and/or stoichiometry. A person of ordinary skill in the art may create the models 660 by analyzing the design and/or construction of the turbine-based service system 14 and its components to create executable models suitable receiving as input certain measurements, deriving the physical behavior of the turbine-based service system 14 based on the measurements, and providing as output certain properties (e.g., Mach number, torque values) of the modeled physical behavior. [0078] In the depicted embodiment, the model-based controller 658 may receive the exhaust temperature measurements 654, the compressor discharge temperature measurements 656, a compressor discharge pressure 662, and a turbine speed 664 (e.g., speed of rotation of shaft 176) as inputs. The model-based controller 658 may then execute one or more of the models 660 to derive the physical behavior of the turbine -based service system 14 and its components (e.g., compressor section 152, combustors 168, turbine section 156). Accordingly, a Mach number 666 and a torque 668 (e.g., torque that may be applied via shaft 176) may be derived by the model- based controller 658 based on the inputs 654, 656, 662, 664. It is to be noted that other inputs may be used for the models 660 in addition to or alternative to the inputs 654, 656, 662, 664. For example, mass flow rates, clearance measurements (e.g., distance between rotating and fixed components), other temperature measurements (measurements in other locations of the turbine-based service system 14 and its components), other pressure measurement (measurements in other locations of the turbine -based service system 14 and its components), fuel chemical composition, flame type, flame composition, and so on.

[0079] The Mach number 666 and the torque 668 may then be further processed, for example, by a Mach limit controller 670 and by a torque limit controller 672, respectively. If the Mach limit controller 670 finds that the Mach number 666 exceeds a Mach limit 674, then the Mach limit controller 670 will generate the indirect limit control signal 634 so as to ensure that the actual turbine based service system 14 Mach number does not exceed the Mach limit 674. Likewise, if the torque limit controller 672 finds that the torque 668 exceeds the torque limit 676, the torque limit controller 672 will generate the indirect limit control signal 636 so as to ensure that the actual turbine based service system 14 torque does not exceed the torque limit 676. As mentioned previously, the min select system 628 may then select the minimum of the signals 626, 630, 632, 634, and 636 to derive a desired vane angle 644 of the adjustable vanes 586. By applying both direct limits and indirect (e.g., model-based) limits to the signal 626, the system 606 may extend the life of the turbine -based service system 14 and its components, and may additionally result in more optimal stoichiometric operations. It should be noted that in this particular embodiment, it is appropriate to use a min select system 628 to choose the minimum vane angle command from among the candidates 630, 632, 634, 635, and 626 as the vane angle position reference 638 as input to the vane angle positioning system 640. Alternative embodiments encompassing other control objectives might well employ other combinations of min select and/or max select systems arranged in various combinations in order to select from a number of candidates the vane angle position reference 638 as input to the vane angle positioning system 640.

[0080] FIG. 7 is illustrative of an embodiment of a process 700 that may be used, for example, by the control system 100 to control the adjustable vanes 586. The process 700 may be implemented as executable code or computer instructions stored in the memory 122 and executed by the processor 120. In the depicted embodiment, the process 700 may receive (block 702) the desired loading 612. As described above, the loading data 612 may be representative of a megawatt signal for the turbine section 156, volume of product gas production from the EG Supply System 78, volume of hydrocarbon production for the HC production system 12, and so on. The process 700 may then sense (block 704) various system 14 measurements. For example, the measurements may include the exhaust temperature 654, compressor discharge temperature 656, compressor discharge pressure 662, speed 664, vane position feedback 622, and so on.

[0081] The process 700 may then derive (block 706) a vane position command 626, for example, by using non-MBC techniques such as P, I, D control. To more optimally provide for stoichiometric control and/or increase life of components, the process 700 may then derive (block 708) direct limits and indirect limits (block 710) for the adjustable vane 586 positioning. The direct limits may include limits 630 and 632 described above in FIG. 6 with respect to the exhaust temperature limit controller 646 and the compressor discharge temperature limit controller 648. The indirect limits may include limits 634 and 636 derived, as described above, with respect to the model-based controller 658, the Mach number limit controller 670, and the torque limit controller 672. [0082] The process 700 may then position (block 712) the adjustable vanes 586, for example by applying the min selector system 638 to the inputs 626, 630, 632, 634, and 636. Accordingly, a desired recirculation pressure of the exhaust gas incoming from path 110 into the compressor section 152 may be delivered to provide more optimal stoichiometric combustion and to increase life of machinery.

[0083] Technical effects include using model based control with non-model based control to position a vane in accordance with certain limits. For example, non-model based control may be used to derive a reference value for a blower vane, and limits to the reference value, including a direct limit, an indirect limit, or a combination thereof, may then be applied, including limits derived via model based control. The limited value may then be used to position the blower vane, and the blower may thus be controlled to more suitably provide pressure in a recirculation exhaust gas turbine system.

[0084] This written description uses examples to disclose the invention, including the best mode, and also to enable any person skilled in the art to practice the invention, including making and using any devices or systems and performing any incorporated methods. The patentable scope of the invention is defined by the claims, and may include other examples that occur to those skilled in the art. Such other examples are intended to be within the scope of the claims if they have structural elements that do not differ from the literal language of the claims, or if they include equivalent structural elements with insubstantial differences from the literal language of the claims.