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GE Oil & Gas Hits Milestone

Posted on February 4, 2010

GE Oil & Gas announced that it has supplied more than 100 turbocompressor trains for urea plants in 34 countries worldwide. GE Oil & Gas provides steam turbine driven compressor processing technology, as well as turbines for power generation, to the world’s producers of ammonia and urea which are critical to the global agriculture industries as nitrogen rich fertilizers.

Joe Mastrangelo, vice president—turbomachinery, GE Oil & Gas said: “Our technology leadership role in the urea fertilizer production market spans over 80 years, starting in the 1920s with the supply of the first reciprocating compressors for ammonia production. Our first urea turbocompressor train was delivered in 1967 for a 400 ton-per-day plant in France. Today, we are building and supplying trains with capacities reaching as high as 3800 tons per day. The 100 urea train mark is an important milestone for GE Oil & Gas and for our customers in the downstream industry.’’

Recent project awards that have taken GE Oil & Gas past the 100-unit milestone are: A new urea train for Yara Sluiskil B.V. of the Netherlands that will replace two older units and will increase urea production at the site. Expected to start production in May of 2011, the new plant will rank among the largest and most efficient in the world, with a capacity of 3500 tons per day.

Also, Urea Train 6 with a total capacity of 3800 tons per day of urea for the Qatar Fertilizer Company’s (QAFCO) fertilizer plant in Mesaieed Industrial City. The new turbocompressor train will join other syngas and urea trains. GE Oil & Gas has previously supplied for this site for phases 2, 3, 4 and 5 since 1973. And finally, a new train for Sorfert-Algeria’s fertilizer plant in Arzew, Algeria, which will have a capacity of 3450 tons per day. Previously, GE provided syngas, process air and ammonia refrigerant compressors for this site.

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