GE Oil & Gas has been awarded a $400m (£241m) contract to provide energy giant Chevron with compressor trains that will be deployed at the company’s Gorgon liquefied natural gas (LNG) fields in Australia.
Chevron Australia operates the Gorgon Project in a joint venture with the Australian subsidiaries of ExxonMobil and Shell. The project is estimated to cost approximately AUD$43bn (£24bn) for the first phase of development, with first gas planned for 2014.
GE will supply Chevron with three main refrigerant compression trains each comprising two GE Frame-7 gas turbines plus liquefaction compressors. They will be used for the production of liquefied natural gas by chilling it to -160°C before it is re-gasified and transported for use by domestic and industrial customers.
Prior to liquefaction, carbon dioxide (CO2) will be stripped out and injected into depleted natural gas wells 1,300m deep through the use of six additional GE compression trains.
All the compression trains will be manufactured and tested in Florence and Massa, Italy, then shipped in 2011 and 2012.
The contract further strengthens GE Oil and Gas’ strategic role in the Gorgon project. In May 2008 GE Oil & Gas’ Drilling and Production business was awarded a five-year frame agreement to supply subsea equipment and support services for Gorgon.
The scope of that contract includes the supply of VetcoGray manifolds, pipeline termination structures, pipeline end terminations, trees with subsea control modules, wellheads, production control systems, system integration testing, installation and operations support.