QatarEnergy has selected oil field services provider Baker Hughes to supply two main refrigerant compressors (MRCs) for the North Field South (NFS) project.

To be executed by Qatargas, the project represents the second phase of the North Field Expansion Project.

Under the contract, Baker Hughes will build the MRCs for two liquefied natural gas (LNG) mega trains, which will have a combined capacity of 16 million tonnes per annum (mtpa).

These LNG trains are expected to boost Qatar’s LNG production capacity to 126mtpa by 2027.

Baker Hughes chairman and CEO Lorenzo Simonelli said: “We are pleased to be a long-time partner to Qatar, helping to position the country as a leading supplier of LNG and helping to unlock more global capacity.

“LNG will enable the energy transition by acting as a more reliable, affordable and flexible energy source alongside other new energy sources, including renewables and hydrogen.”

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Each of the MRC trains will feature three Frame 9E DLN Ultra Low NOx gas turbines and six centrifugal compressors.

Baker Hughes plans to undertake packaging, manufacturing and testing of the gas turbine/compressor trains at its gas technology facilities in Italy.

The firm will also provide maintenance and technical assistance services leveraging its service site in Ras Laffan, Qatar.

The latest contract builds on a similar contract awarded to Baker in 2020 for the first phase of the North Field Expansion Project, the North Field East expansion project.

The NFS project is owned by QatarEnergy and its partners comprising international oil firms.

Last year, McDermott secured a front-end engineering design (FEED) for the North Field South (NFS) offshore pipelines and power/FO cables project.