Baker Hughes and PAO NOVATEK will introduce hydrogen blends into the main process of natural gas liquefaction to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, the companies confirmed today (1st Feb).

The announcement is part of a cooperation agreement through which the companies will reduce emissions from natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) production.

As part of the partnership, Baker Hughes will develop and implement its compression and power generation technology solutions at NOVATEK LNG projects.

The agreement will begin with a pilot program to introduce hydrogen blends into the main process for natural gas liquefaction to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from LNG facilities, including NOVATEK’s Yamal LNG complex. 

Baker Hughes will provide engineering and turbomachinery equipment to convert existing natural gas liquefaction trains at Yamal LNG to run on hydrogen blends rather than solely run with methane from feed gas. 

Commenting on the partnership, Leonid Mikhelson, NOVATEK’s Chairman of the Management Board, said, “Baker Hughes is one of the main equipment suppliers to our Yamal LNG and Arctic LNG 2 projects.”

“We are expanding our cooperation with them to develop efficient and economically viable solutions to mitigate the impact of climate change on our projects – one of the essential topics for NOVATEK and the entire oil and gas industry.”

“Hydrogen technologies have great prospects to reduce the level of global greenhouse gas emissions, and further work is required to develop and adapt these technologies for operations in Arctic climatic conditions.”

Lorenzo Simonelli, Chairman and CEO, Baker Hughes, added, “We are working with NOVATEK to introduce the first solution for decarbonising the core of the LNG production – the turbines driving the liquefaction process.”

“The combination of our world-class expertise in LNG engineering and deep experience with hydrogen compression technology positions us to further lead in reducing emissions from LNG operations and further support the energy transition.”