GE has announced that its oil and gas business unit recently received orders to build five additional liquefied natural gas (LNG) "super-trains" following an agreement with Qatar Petroleum Group for the supply of equipment and services signed in December 2004. As per the new orders, GE's oil and gas business unit will provide three Frame 9E gas turbines and six centrifugal compressors for each super-train.
“We are very pleased that our super-train technology with GE-designed turbines and compressors has been chosen for this challenging LNG application. This technology enhances the economies of scale of the process by enabling production of up to eight million tons per year of LNG per train. This is almost twice the current industry production level per train,’’said Claudi Santiago, president and chief executive officer of GE's oil and gas business.
The gas turbines will be manufactured at GE's facility in Belfort, France, while the production of the centrifugal compressors as well as the complete train packaging will occur at GE's plant in Florence, Italy. The scope of the orders also includes final full-load string testing that will be performed at GE's plant in Massa, Italy.
GE Frame 9E-driven compressor technology that delivers eight million tons per year of LNG production per super-train is considered to be the breakthrough technology needed for the next-generation of more competitive LNG plants.
In total, the orders represent the largest award to GE's oil and gas business for LNG. These five new super-trains will increase Qatar's LNG production capacity by approximately 40 million tonnes per year over the next few years, while the long-term maintenance contracts will provide cost predictability, operational flexibility and best-in-class turbine reliability over the life of the equipment.