Liquefied natural gas (LNG) expert Baker Hughes has announced that it has been awarded a contract by Bechtel to provide its turbine and compressor technology for the Pluto Train 2 LNG train project in Australia.

Baker Hughes’ high-efficiency gas turbines and centrifugal compressors will support expansion of the Woodside-operated Pluto LNG processing facility. 

For the project, the company will provide six LM6000PF+ aeroderivative gas turbines and 14 centrifugal compressors for the main refrigerant train, in addition to supplying a gas turbine generator to the existing Train 1 power system. 

Baker Hughes LM6000PF+ gas turbine

Baker Hughes LM6000PF+ gas turbine

Pluto Train 2 will process natural gas from the offshore Scarboroough field, allowing for production of around 5 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG. 

Stating that the order builds on a ‘longstanding partnership’ with Woodside, Rod Christie, Executive Vice President of Turbomachinery & Process Solutions, Baker Hughes, added, “Pluto Train 2 will be critical for the energy transition, supporting the strong demand for natural gas and the need for increasingly efficient, safe and reliable LNG operations.” 

With packaging, manufacturing, and testing taking place at Baker Hughes’ Florence and Massa, Italy, facilities, the order also adds to the company’s reputation as a key presence in the LNG industry.