Baker Hughes wins major LNG turbomachinery order
By Jack Burke07 December 2021
5 million tons per annum of LNG production expected
Baker Hughes will supply gas turbines and centrifugal compressors to support the expansion of the Pluto LNG onshore processing facility in Western Australia.
The construction of Pluto LNG’s second train (Pluto Train 2) builds on Baker Hughes’ existing technology supply for Pluto LNG’s first train, which has been in operation since 2012, and further expands Baker Hughes’ global turbomachinery fleet in LNG operations. The US$12 billion LNG project is targeted to come online in 2026.
Pluto Train 2, which is operated by Woodside, has an expected capacity of approximately 5 million tons per annum (mtpa). Pluto Train 2 will process natural gas from the nearby offshore Scarborough field, which contains only around 0.1% carbon dioxide. This makes it an attractive option for Woodside’s major LNG customers seeking reliable, affordable and lower-carbon energy to meet demand and support their countries’ decarbonization goals, according to Baker Hughes.
Baker Hughes’ scope of supply includes six LM6000PF+ aeroderivative gas turbines and 14 centrifugal compressors for the main refrigerant train, as well as one gas turbine generator in addition to the existing Train 1 power system.
“This latest order builds on our longstanding relationship with Woodside dating back to 1989, when we first started partnering in pioneering LNG solutions for natural gas supply,” said Rod Christie, executive vice president of Turbomachinery & Process Solutions at Baker Hughes. “Our state-of-the-art technology combined with Woodside’s commitment to supplying lower carbon intensity liquefied natural gas shows how we can responsibly provide secure energy together. Pluto Train 2 will be critical for the energy transition, supporting the strong demand for natural gas and the need for increasingly efficient, safe and reliable LNG operations.”
Packaging of the turbine/compressor train, manufacturing of compressors and testing of the trains will take place at Baker Hughes’ facilities in Florence and Massa, Italy.
Pluto LNG is an onshore LNG processing facility located near Karratha in the northwest of Western Australia. First cargo from the single-train facility was delivered in 2012.
Expansion of Pluto LNG will include the construction of Pluto Train 2, associated domestic gas processing facilities, supporting infrastructure and modifications to Pluto Train 1 to allow it to process Scarborough gas. Bechtel has been selected as the EPC contractor for Pluto Train 2 and integration into existing Pluto LNG facilities.