GE Oil & Gas has received a $94 million contract to supply two gas turbine-driven compression units and two additional gas turbines for power generation to a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Oman which is undergoing expansion.
The equipment will be used to add a third LNG train for the plant, which is owned by the government of the Sultanate of Oman and is located at Qalhat.
‘GE already has a strong presence in Oman,’ said Claudi Santiago, President and CEO of GE Oil & Gas, a unit of GE Power Systems. ‘We supplied the first two LNG trains for this plant and also have provided equipment and services for other customers in Oman.’
GE will supply a mixed refrigerant compression train composed of axial/centrifugal compressors driven by a GE MS7121EA (Frame 7) gas turbine as well as a propane refrigerant compression train composed of centrifugal compressors driven by a GE MS6581B (Frame 6) gas turbine. GE will also supply two additional Frame 6 gas turbine-generators which will feed power to the starter/helper motors of the main refrigerant turbo compressor trains and plant auxiliary equipment.
According to GE, the new turbo compressor train-3 will increase plant output by 3.3 million tons of LNG per year.
Most of the equipment will be manufactured and packaged at GE Oil & Gas facilities in Florence, Italy although the Frame 7 gas turbine will be built in GE’s Greenville, South Carolina plant. Rotors for the Frame 6 gas turbines will be supplied from GE’s facility in Belfort, France.
Two of the Frame 6 gas turbines are scheduled to be shipped by the end of April 2004, while the propane and mixed refrigerant trains will be shipped by the end of June and July 2004, respectively. Commercial operation is expected by the end of 2005.