GE awarded $90 million compressor contract

GE Oil & Gas has been awarded a contract worth approximately $90 million to supply gas turbine-driven compressors for the Tangguh LNG Project in Indonesia.

The equipment will be used in the first compressor train for the new liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility, which will be constructed in Bintuni Bay Regency, Papua Province, Indonesia. The Tangguh LNG project is operated by BP on behalf of its partners.

GE Oil & Gas will supply the two main refrigerant turbo compressor strings for the compressor train. The mixed refrigerant string will include one low-pressure axial compressor and one medium-pressure centrifugal compressor, driven by a GE Frame 7EA gas turbine and a helper/starter steam turbine. The propane string will include one low-pressure and one high-pressure barrel centrifugal compressor driven by a GE Frame 7EA gas turbine and a helper/starter steam turbine.

The turbo compressor strings will be manufactured at GE facilities in Greenville, South Carolina, USA, and Florence and Massa Carrara, Italy. In addition to the equipment, GE Oil & Gas will provide engineering and procurement services, fabrication, packaging and full-load testing. The turbo compressors strings are scheduled for shipment in 2005 from Italy.

‘Because of the climate and the remote location of Papua, the Tangguh LNG project is challenging both for the owners and the contractors,’ said Claudi Santiago, president of GE Oil & Gas. ‘We are pleased that our technology has been selected to support these efforts.’

When completed with a second compressor train, the Tangguh LNG facility will, according to GE, have an annual gas liquefaction capacity of at least seven million tons of LNG. The Tangguh partners expect to commence commercial production from the facility in 2007 to meet its supply commitments.

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