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GE to Supply Refurbished Turbine Modules

Posted on September 30, 2005

Applying its newest service technology, GE's Oil & Gas group announced it will provide refurbished compressor modules for two gas turbines at the St. Fergus gas terminal on the northeast coast of Scotland, north of Aberdeen. The terminal is owned and operated by Shell U.K. Limited, and receives and processes gas from more than 20 North Sea fields, meeting s up to 15% of the United Kingdom's natural gas requirements. The two GE Frame 5/2B gas turbines at the facility are being used to drive two Elliott type 38M8-6 & 46MB7 barrel centrifugal compressors.

Oil & Gas is supplying refurbished high-pressure and low-pressure sections for the two gas turbines. It will mark the first time that GE's modular replacement method has been applied for a project in the North Sea region, and the second time in the world. Earlier this year, GE announced it was using the new modular approach as part of a service agreement with Atlantic LNG in Trinidad.

Under the new maintenance program, gas turbines are removed and replaced in modules, substantially reducing outage durations. The new approach has evolved from the modular exchange program normally applied on GE aeroderivative engines and now extended to GE heavy-duty gas turbines used in the oil and gas industry.

The GE contract also includes the supply of spare parts for both units, full-speed no-load testing of the modules at Oil & Gas facilities in Florence, Italy, and turnkey installation and commissioning services. The two refurbished units will be shipped from Florence to the St. Fergus facility in the second quarter of 2006 and the second quarter of 2007, respectively.

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