Angola LNG and GE Oil & Gas have signed a long-term contractual service agreement (CSA) designed to increase overall plant efficiency and provide maximum availability for the key gas compression equipment.

Angola LNG, a major LNG producer with operations in Angola and the United States, is a consortium composed of some of the world’s leading oil and gas companies including Sonangol, which has a 22.8% share; and affiliates of Chevron (36.4 %), Total (13.6%), BP (13.6%) and ENI (13.6%).

The Soyo LNG facility, located 315 kilometers north of Luanda, will ship the first LNG cargo this quarter and will produce approximately 5.2m tons of LNG and related gas liquid products per year.

The CSA will cover two GE gas turbine-driven compression trains - including additional plant equipment - ensuring continuous technical assistance and an on-site team of highly skilled GE Field Services Engineers, applying effective maintenance approaches and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) spare parts to optimise performance and maximise mean time between maintenance.

A local contractual performance manager at the site will oversee the day-to-day service operations.

“We are confident that GE, as the equipment OEM, offers the best expertise for turbine maintenance and is able to guarantee the highest levels of availability,”

said Daniel Rocha, general manager of Angola LNG Operating Company.

“This agreement is structured to facilitate strong teamwork with a common objective between our companies. We believe this collaboration will benefit our operations and Angola, too.”

Girish Saligram, contractual services leader, GE Oil & Gas Global Services, said, “We will work in close collaboration with the operators in Angola, contributing to the development of the local workforce. Our combined team will apply GE’s outage excellence approach, adopting proven methods to increase machine uptime.”

GE CSAs are built on GE’s extensive design and field experience in all oil and gas applications, including platform applications, pipelines, LNG plants and processing plants.

GE currently has CSAs in place in more than 40 countries covering more than 1000 units.

Elsewhere a report on the floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) market for the next 10 years has been published.

The global market for FLNG can be divided into two distinct areas: the conceptual floating liquefaction plants and the operational floating regasification units.

Visiongain’s new report addresses both of these markets, quantifying the opportunity for growth expected over the next ten years.

In 2012, visiongain calculates the global FLNG market to be worth $2.92bn.