On land-rigs, offshore drilling rigs/drill-ships, oilfield ESPs, FPSOs and other oilfield installations the nature of power quality problems can usually be characterised by the type of variable speed drives (e.g. DC SCR drives and/or VFDs) being utilised.

The section below serves to provide a basic introduction to both DC SCR drives and VFD related problems, common on drilling packages and other oilfield applications.

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