GE Oil & Gas awarded $70 million equipment contract

GE has received a $70 million contract to supply gas turbines with process gas compressor, turbo generator and expander trains for a gas processing plant in Algeria.

GE Oil & Gas has received a $70 million contract 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 largest foreign investor in Algeria.

According to GE, In-Amenas will produce nine 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%.

GE will also supply three expander units and three turbo generator trains comprised of GE MS5001PA gas turbines. 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.

All of the equipment will be shipped during the second quarter of 2004. The plant will use natural gas as its primary fuel.