Baker Hughes is to supply multiple main refrigerant compressors (MRCs) for Qatar Petroleum’s North Field East (NFE) project, which is being executed by Qatargas.

The total award is part of four LNG ‘mega trains’, representing 33 million tpy of additional capacity. They will increase Qatar’s total LNG production capacity from 77 million tpy to 110 million tpy and help to propel it to global LNG production leadership by 2025, it said.

Baker Hughes said this order is among its largest LNG deals secured in the past five years. It added: “The order reinforces more than two decades of trust and successful turbomachinery collaboration between Baker Hughes, Qatar Petroleum and Qatargas.

“With Qatargas already operating six existing LNG ‘mega trains’ driven by Frame 9E gas turbine refrigerant compressors provided by Baker Hughes, the NFE project underscores the leadership of Baker Hughes LNG technology in the Gulf region and for the world’s most complex LNG projects.”

Lorenzo Simonelli, Chairman and CEO of Baker Hughes, said: “As we look ahead to the next two decades, in almost any scenario natural gas will be a key transition fuel, and likely a destination fuel for a lower carbon future. Building on our track record of delivering proven, reliable and highly efficient LNG technology, we remain committed to taking energy forward in Qatar for more years to come.”

Each MRC train will consist of three Frame 9E DLN Ultra Low NOx gas turbines and six centrifugal compressors across four LNG ‘mega trains’ for a total scope of supply of 12 gas turbines to drive 24 centrifugal compressors. Packaging, manufacturing and testing of the gas turbine/compressor trains will take place at Baker Hughes’ facilities in Florence and Massa, Italy.

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1st October 2020