GE, Shell join forces to decarbonise LNG export with hydrogen

GE Gas Power (GE) will collaborate with energy major Shell Global Solutions (Shell) in a partnership that aims to reduce the carbon intensity of Shell’s global liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply projects.

Announced today (7th Nov), the agreement will see the companies working together to explore the use of hydrogen as a low carbon fuel instead of natural gas in power generation and mechanical drive gas turbines.

According to GE, global LNG demand is projected to almost double by 2040. By harnessing Shell’s Blue Hydrogen Process technology, the company hopes to reduce the carbon intensity associated with the production of LNG.

Having worked on hydrogen combustion technologies for several years, John Intile, Vice President Engineering at GE believes that progress in this area requires collaboration by industry leaders, adding, “We look forward to working in cooperation with Shell to advance this crucial body of work.”

Alongside Shell, GE will also work with Baker Hughes, its exclusive distributor of heavy duty gas turbines and services in the oil and gas segment.

Intile added, “Together, we’re confident our combined strengths can accelerate the deployment of pragmatic and impactful solutions towards high-hydrogen capabilities in these gas turbines fleets resulting in a significant reduction of carbon emissions and water utilisation globally.”

Already capable of operating on 100% hydrogen, GE’s B&E class heavy-duty gas turbines currently emit up to 25ppm NOx with the use of water in diffusion combustors. According to the company, the new development agreement will see the partners exploring the technology’s capability to operate on 100% hydrogen without the use of water.

By retrofitting its systems with this Dry Low Nox (DLN) combustor technology, GE aims to decarbonise LNG production while also conserving water – 32,000 litres of which are used per hour in comparable alternatives.

To reduce carbon emissions in industrial applications and LNG operations, GE states that it could be installed on either new or existing 6B or 7E gas turbines. Capable of using more than 50 types of fuel including hydrogen, these turbines often see use in extreme climate conditions.

Commenting on the partnership, Alexander Boekhorse, VP Gas Processing and Conversion Technology at Shell, said, “Becoming a Net Zero emissions energy business means we need to explore a range of avenues that have the potential to help us, our partners and customers reduce emissions.”

“We have continued to innovate and improve the value proposition of LNG using technology, and we look forward to collaborating with GE on this important initiative.”

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