Baker Hughes secures LNG turbomachinery order for North Field East project

30 September 2020 (Last Updated September 30th, 2020 12:18)

Energy services firm Baker Hughes has secured an order from Qatar Petroleum (QP) to supply multiple main refrigerant compressors (MRCs) for the North Field East (NFE) project.

Baker Hughes secures LNG turbomachinery order for North Field East project
Baker Hughes’ centrifugal compressor manufacturing and testing will take place at Florence facility. Credit: Baker Hughes.

Energy services firm Baker Hughes has secured an order from Qatar Petroleum (QP) to supply multiple main refrigerant compressors (MRCs) for the North Field East (NFE) project.

Baker Hughes will supply MRCs to four liquefied natural gas (LNG) mega trains, representing 33Mtpa of additional capacity.

The total order, including 12 gas turbines and 24 centrifugal compressors, will increase Qatar’s total LNG production capacity to 110Mtpa from 77Mtpa.

Considered to be the world’s biggest single non-associated natural gas field, North Field lies offshore north-east Qatar peninsula.

Owned by Qatar Petroleum, the field is operated by QP’s subsidiary Qatargas.

Financial terms of the order are not disclosed.

Baker Hughes CEO and chairman Lorenzo Simonelli said: “This milestone deal illustrates the continued strength of Baker Hughes’ partnership with Qatar Petroleum, which began 25 years ago upon our delivery of the first LNG train in Qatar.

“As we look ahead to the next two decades, in almost any scenario natural gas will be a key transition fuel, and likely a destination fuel for a lower-carbon future.

“Building on our track record of delivering proven, reliable and highly efficient LNG technology, we remain committed to taking energy forward in Qatar for more years to come.”

The latest order is one of the largest LNG deals secured by Baker Hughes in the past five years.

Qatar Petroleum announced the expansion of the gas field in April 2017 after revoking its 12-year self-imposed ban on field development.

The North Field LNG expansion project accounts for an LNG production capacity increase of about 43%.

In May, Qatar Petroleum president and CEO Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi said that the North Field expansion projects will be continued.