GE Oil & Gas has won contracts worth more than $1bn to supply equipment and services for the Ichthys LNG project in Australia.
The development will export gas through an 889km long subsea pipeline, stretching from the Browse Basin to an onshore processing facility in Darwin.
GE will provide rotating equipment, including gas turbines and compressors, for the plant at Blaydin Point; it will also deliver an associated floating production storage and offloading vessel, as well as a central processing facility in the Browse Basin. GE will also supply subsea production systems for the offshore portion of the Ichthys LNG, as well as subsea connectors for the pipeline itself.
Under the contracts, GE will provide four Frame 7EA gas turbines and eight MR/PR compressors for the LNG plant; a further ten PGT25+G4 gas turbines and compressors for upstream facilities; 22 subsea production trees, five off-subsea manifolds, an integrated subsea control programme and a 42in trunk line connection system. GE said the equipment will be delivered by 2014 and Inpex expects to start producing LNG by the end of 2016.
Upon completion, the Ichthys facility is expected to produce 8.4 million tonnes of LNG each year and 1.6 million tonnes of liquid petroleum gas annually, along with about 100,000 barrels of condensate a day at peak operating times.
The Ichthys LNG Project is a joint venture between operator Inpex, holding 76%, and French firm Total, which holds a 24% interest.
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