Baker Hughes, a GE company, said Feb. 7 it will supply turbomachinery equipment for the construction of the Golden Pass LNG export facility in Sabine Pass, Texas.
The project is expected to produce around 16 million tons per year of LNG. BHGE will provide turbomachinery equipment for three LNG trains, including six gas turbines and 12 centrifugal compressors.
This news comes as Exxon Mobil and Qatar Petroleum announced a positive final investment decision for the Golden Pass LNG export project and the plan to proceed with construction in the first quarter of 2019. BHGE’s technology supports the project’s goal to be the lowest cost LNG supplier on the U.S. Gulf Coast through a proven solution with optimized maintenance cycles.
“Today’s announcement builds on our 30-year-plus track record of delivering high-availability and reliable LNG technology, with low total cost of operations,” Rod Christie, president and CEO of Turbomachinery & Process Solutions at BHGE, said.
BHGE’s technology for three trains will consist of six MS7001 EA heavy-duty gas turbines driving 12 centrifugal compressors. The MS7001 EA is the most utilized large industrial gas turbine available in the LNG market, with 77 units in operation in 13 countries. The MS7001 EA fleet offers best-in-class availability with proven power and extended maintenance intervals with more than 550,000 fired hours.
With the long-term contract model fading, LNG’s success as a commodity will rely on providers’ ability to put the product on the water as cheaply as possible.
Tellurian sees the LNG market saving the day in the Permian Basin where producers continue to face constraints from surging natural gas production.
Royal Dutch Shell on June 10 shipped the long-awaited first cargo of LNG from its Prelude floating LNG plant off northwest Australia, sealing Australia's position as the world's top LNG exporter.