US$600 million in integrated turbomachinery equipment package to power three LNG trains
GE has received a contract to provide key turbomachinery equipment for the Yamal liquefied natural gas (LNG) “megaproject” owned by JSC Yamal LNG that is being developed on the Yamal Peninsula in Russia’s northern Siberia region.
JSC Yamal LNG – a joint venture between Russia’s largest independent gas producer OAO Novatek (80%) and France’s Total SA (20%) – is building a gas liquefaction facility with a production capacity of almost 15 million tonnes/yr. The LNG produced at the site will be used to help meet the growing energy needs of primarily Asian and Pacific Region countries.
GE Oil & Gas is supplying a Technip (France) and JGC (Japan) consortium, the LNG plant EPC contractor, with critical turbomachinery equipment for three production lines (or ”trains”), each with the capacity to produce about 5 million tonnes/yr of LNG.
Each train will consist of two main refrigeration units that turn natural gas into a liquid form for transportation. Both refrigeration units will feature: an 86 MW Frame 7E gas turbine; three main refrigerant centrifugal compressors (two mixed refrigerant and one propane); a 24 MW variable speed drive starter/helper; waste heat recovery units (WHRUs); and associated auxiliary equipment.
In all, GE will supply six Frame 7E gas turbines, 18 centrifugal compressors, six variable speed drives and six WHRUs.
In addition to equipment supplies, GE Oil & Gas also will provide installation supervision and GE’s expert support at the commissioning stage.
GE said it expects to deliver its equipment to Russia in the second half of 2015, with the first natural gas liquefaction train expected to reach its full capacity in 2017, followed by the second and third trains in 2018 and 2019, respectively.