FLORENCE, Italy – GE Oil & Gas has entered into an agreement with Technip to supply two steam turbine-driven compressors for the Shell Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) project.
The GE compression trains will be elements of the liquefaction process, which cools natural gas to a liquid state. In addition to the supply of the steam turbines and compressors, GE’s agreement with Technip France includes start up and two years of training, operation, and spare parts.
“This is a milestone achievement for GE, marking the first order in the FLNG industry for main refrigerant trains,” said Prady Iyyanki, president and CEO—turbomachinery equipment for GE Oil & Gas. “This is a very promising market and will be a focus of our growth efforts in the future.”
To meet the requirements of the Shell Prelude project, GE is minimizing the casings of the steam turbines and centrifugal compressors to reduce weight and footprint. GE is designing the compression trains to cover a range of operating conditions, and developing a technology for potential use in future FLNG plants at different sites.
GE also will build a new facility for testing centrifugal compressors and will perform a partial load string test for the steam turbine-driven compressor trains.