Baker Hughes, a GE Company (BHGE) announced on Monday that it has won a contract to supply turbomachinery equipment for the first phase of BP’s Grand Tortue Ahmeyim (GTA) liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, straddling the offshore border of Mauritania and Senegal.
Under the terms of the agreement – which further expands BHGE’s contract for subsea production equipment awarded a few weeks ago – BHGE will provide four floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) compression trains for the project. Each train comprises a PGT25+G4 aeroderivative gas turbine driving a centrifugal compressor. Such products were developed previously by Black&Veatch (B&V) – FLNG vessel converter Golar LNG’s topside contractor – and BHGE together. The turbines and compressors will be manufactured, tested and transported from BHGE’s factories in Italy.
“Being selected for this important project reinforces our gas leadership position in the global LNG market and an important region. Our technology solution has been proven to support FLNG and is based on a strong partnership with B&V and offers best-in-class reliability rates that will help reduce operational risks for Golar and BP,” said Rod Christie, President and CEO of BHGE Turbomachinery and Process Solutions.
The turbine model has over 560 units currently in operation globally, totalling more than 3,7 million hours of operating experience.
The GTA project, which is expected to produce first gas in 2022, will produce hydrocarbons from an ultra-deepwater subsea system and a mid-water floating production, storage and offloading vessel.
The system will process the gas and remove the heavier elements before transferring it to a FLNG hub nearshore close to the Mauritania-Senegal border. The facility is designed to provide around 2,5 million tons of LNG per year. The estimated gas reserves in the field reach 15 trillion cubic feet of gas.