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GE Oil & Gas Sets Installation Record in China

Posted on November 24, 2008

GE Oil & Gas recently completed work ahead of schedule for two of the final four compression stations being built for an expansion of China's landmark West-to-East Gas Pipeline, increasing the supply of natural gas to Shanghai prior to the upcoming harsh winter season. First firing of the gas turbine-driven compressor unit at the Yanchuan compressor station was achieved on October 11, more than two months ahead of schedule. The total project was finished in just over three months, 46% faster than previous installations on the pipeline, which is a new record for GE Oil & Gas. The Yanchuan station is increasing the flow and pressure in the last section of the pipeline.

The new Yanchuan and Dingyuan compressor stations are part of a 12-station pipeline expansion project to boost the capacity of the West-to-East Gas Pipeline from 12 billion cubic meters a year (BCMY) to 17 BCMY. It is the longest pipeline in China and is a key part of the country’s plan to use natural gas for the generation of additional power to help meet the growing demand for energy.

The pipeline runs for nearly 4,000 kilometers, transporting natural gas from the remote Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in western China to the economic hub of Shanghai and other eastern provinces along the pipeline’s route. GE was selected to provide the gas turbines, compressors and installation services for all 12 new compressor stations by the China Petroleum Material and Equipment Corporation and the West East Gas Pipeline Company of PetroChina Company Limited, based in Beijing. GE installed the first eight new compressor stations in 2006 and is scheduled to complete the final two stations in 2009.

GE is providing 22 PGT 25+ gas turbine-packaged drivers and 24 PCL800 compressors for the pipeline expansion project. Each PGT 25+ set includes an LM2500+ gas generator manufactured by GE Energy’s aeroderivative business in Cincinnati, Ohio, coupled aerodynamically with a high-speed power turbine manufactured by GE Oil & Gas in Florence, Italy. In addition to the equipment, GE's contract includes installation, start-up and training services and defines the supply of spare parts and personnel for scheduled maintenance for 12 years. When the expansion project is completed next year, the entire West-to-East Gas Pipeline will feature 23 compressor stations.

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