GE Oil & Gas has received a contract of US$70 million to supply gas turbines with process gas compressor, turbo generator and expander trains for a gas processing plant at In-Amenas, Algeria.
In-Amenas is Algeria's largest wet gas joint development project, and is jointly owned by Sonatrach, the Algerian national energy company; and BP, the world's second largest petroleum and petrochemicals group and the largest foreign investor in Algeria.
In-Amenas will produce 9 billion cubic meters annually and 50,000 barrels per day of liquids, with the first gas production forecasted for the fourth quarter of 2005.
Under its contract with the project's EPC contractor - a joint venture between JGC Corporation of Japan and KBR of the United States - GE will supply:
Three residual gas compressor trains comprised of GE MS5002D gas turbines with auxiliary equipment, gearbox multipliers, BCL606 compressors and control cabinets. At ISO conditions, the gas turbines have a power output of 32.6 megawatts and thermal efficiency of 30.3%. They are equipped with LHE combustors that enable low nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions. These gas turbines will be mechanical drive units and will include a heat recovery steam generator to produce hot water for process use.
Three turbo generator trains comprised of GE MS5001PA gas turbines with relevant auxiliaries, gearboxes, synchronous generators and control cabinets. These gas turbines
will be used for power generation and will have a power output of 26.3 megawatts with 28.5% efficiency at ISO conditions. They also use LHE combustors.
Three expander trains comprised of Frame 50 expanders, compressors, and auxiliaries.
All of the equipment will be shipped during the second quarter of 2004. The plant will use natural gas as its primary fuel.
The In-Amenas joint development project further expands the presence of GE technology in Algeria. GE has been active in Algeria since the 1960s and today, there are more than 500 GE turbines and compressors installed for oil and gas applications across the country.