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Largest GE Compressor Train Test Completed

Posted on February 2, 2006

GE’s Oil & Gas business announced it has successfully completed tests on the nitrogen compression train for the Qatargas II LNG project, a joint venture between Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil. With a capacity of 7.8 million tons per year of LNG per train, Qatargas II’s two LNG trains are reportedly the largest in the world. Being built in Qatar, these are the first LNG trains of this size to use GE’s compression train technology.

The nitrogen compression train is composed of a 125 MW, single-shaft GE Frame 9E gas turbine for mechanical drive application, a 45-megawatt starter/generator, a variable speed drive system and two large centrifugal compressors: a horizontally split casing MCL1402 and a BCL1003 barrel compressor.

The nitrogen compression train reached 92 MW of output during the full-pressure, full-load string test at GE’s Oil & Gas facilities in Massa, Italy. The train was successfully operated for four hours at full speed/full pressure. This achievement was reached on the first attempt without the need for any modifications or corrections and this system integration is the result of GE’s Oil & Gas and GE Energy’s joint effort.

For more information: www.geoilandgas.com

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