Baker Hughes has been contracted by Bechtel Energy Inc. to supply three main refrigerant compressors for NextDecade’s Rio Grande LNG project in the Port of Brownsville, Texas, according to a July 6 press release.
Baker Hughes will supply six Frame 7 gas turbines paired with 18 centrifugal compressors across Rio Grande’s first three LNG trains in a parallel configuration arrangement, providing more operational flexibility—for a nameplate capacity of 17.61 million tonnes per annum.
The Frame 7 gas turbine is well-proven for its energy efficiency, availability, reliability and maintainability, according to Baker Hughes.
The contract will be booked in second-quarter 2023. Financial terms were not disclosed. The July 6 announcement follows a March contract awarded by Bechtel to Baker Hughes to supply two liquefaction trains for another LNG project in Texas.
“This order builds on our longstanding relationship with Bechtel and is a significant milestone in our partnership with NextDecade, supporting them on this key LNG project,” said Ganesh Ramaswamy, executive vice president of Industrial & Energy Technology at Baker Hughes. “We are delighted that our proven and reliable technology solution will support the production of LNG in the U.S., which is crucial in balancing energy affordability, security and sustainability globally.”
Packaging of the turbine/compressor train, a unique Baker Hughes offering, as well as assembly of the compressors and testing of the trains, will take place at Baker Hughes’ facilities in Italy.
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