Baker Hughes has landed a major LNG turbomachinery order from Qatar Petroleum for the North Field East (NFE) Project.

The energy technology firm will supply multiple main refrigerant compressors (MRCs) under a new agreement announced on Tuesday (29th September).

The total award is part of four LNG ‘mega trains’, representing 33 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) of additional capacity, which will increase Qatar’s total LNG production capacity from 77 MTPA to 110 MTPA.

Baker Hughes said this order is among the largest LNG deals secured by the company in the past five years, for both MTPA and equipment awarded.

“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,” said Lorenzo Simonelli, Chairman and CEO of Baker Hughes.

“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 NFE project will feature the latest compression technology to reduce 60,000 tonnes of CO2 per train each year without any reduction in LNG production, representing a ~5% decrease versus previous technologies.

The compression trains will also be produced using the latest manufacturing techniques, minimising raw material and emission-intensive processes to reduce CO2 emissions during production by up to 10%.

Each MRC train will consist of three Frame 9E DLN Ultra Low NOx gas turbines and six centrifugal compressors across four LNG ‘mega trains’ for a total scope of supply of 12 gas turbines to drive 24 centrifugal compressors.

Packaging, manufacturing and testing of the gas turbine/compressor trains will take place at Baker Hughes’ facilities in Florence and Massa, Italy.

NFE project

The North Field is the world’s single largest non-associated natural gas field. The NFE project, owned by Qatar Petroleum and operated by Qatargas, is the first phase of the North Field LNG Expansion Project, announced in 2017.

It will increase Qatar’s LNG production capacity from 77 MTPA to 110 MTPA, which accounts for an LNG production capacity increase of approximately 43%.

First gas from the Expansion Project is expected to be produced by the end of 2025.

The second phase of the North Field LNG Expansion Project, called the North Field South project (NFS), will further increase Qatar’s LNG production capacity from 110 MTPA to 126 MTPA.