GE (NYSE:GE) has received a contract to provide key turbomachinery equipment for the Yamal liquefied natural gas (LNG) “megaproject” that is being developed on the Yamal Peninsula in Russia’s northern Siberia region. The LNG produced at the site will be used to help meet the growing energy needs, primarily of Asia and Pacific Region countries. The LNG megaproject is owned by JSC Yamal LNG, a joint venture between Russia’s largest independent gas producer OAO Novatek (80 percent) and France’s Total SA (20 percent). The project is being implemented in the Arctic zone of Russia, in the Yamal Peninsula, near Sabetta port. The joint venture is building a gas liquefaction facility that will have a production capacity of 16.5 million tons per year, based on the feedstock resources of the South Tambeyskoye gas condensate field. Proved and probable reserves of natural gas (PRMS) of the South Tambeyskoye field exceed 900 BCM (32 tcf). Underscoring its leadership in the LNG sector, GE Oil & Gas is supplying Technip (France) and JGC (Japan) consortium, the LNG plant EPC contractor, with critical turbomachinery equipment for three production lines (or ”trains”), each with the capacity to produce about 5.5 million tons of LNG a year. Each train will consist of two main refrigeration units that turn natural gas into a liquid form for transportation. Both refrigeration units will feature:
- An 86-megawatt (MW) Frame 7E gas turbine.
- Three main refrigerant centrifugal compressors (two mixed refrigerant and one propane).
- A 24-MW variable speed drive starter/helper.
- Waste heat recovery units (WHRUs).
- Associated auxiliary equipment.
In addition to equipment supplies, GE Oil & Gas also will provide installation supervision and GE’s expert support at the commissioning stage.GE is expected to deliver its equipment to Russia in the second half of 2015. According to the project plans, the first natural gas liquefaction train is to reach its full capacity in 2017, followed by the second and third trains in 2018 and 2019, respectively. “GE is supporting some of the world’s largest LNG projects, and the Yamal LNG megaproject is an exciting example of how our deep expertise in integrated LNG technology and life cycle services is helping the Russian/CIS region secure its energy future,” said Rafael Santana, CEO and president—turbomachinery for GE Oil & Gas . “The Yamal LNG project, which is located in one of the harshest climates in the world, will serve as an important showcase for how collaboration and advanced technologies are solving some of the world’s most complex energy challenges in remote and extreme conditions.” GE is a leading technology supplier for Russia’s oil and gas sector. More than 400 gas turbines, 65 steam turbines, 700 compressors and more than 600 units of other equipment—including air coolers, condensers, gas separators and pumps—produced by GE Oil & Gas and GE Power & Water have been installed in Russia and in the CIS region. GE’s 7E gas turbine is a durable and dependable “work horse.” Since its introduction more than 40 years ago, the 7E gas turbine has demonstrated durability and highly reliable starting capability in nearly 1,200 operating units with more than 29 million hours of service across a wide range of applications. Operating with GE’s Dry Low NO x combustion technology, the 7E gas turbine can achieve industry-leading emissions, enabling users to meet today’s increasingly stringent air quality standards. GE Power Conversion offers a complete electrical portfolio—including advanced motor, drive and control technologies—to support the electrification of the LNG, subsea, transportation and storage segments of the global oil and gas industry.
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