LNG Canada Development Inc. has selected GE Oil and Gas technology for its proposed LNG plant in Kitmat, British Columbia (B.C.), Canada.
GE will supply its LMS100-PB dry low emission (DLE) aeroderivative gas turbine, and its vertically and horizontally split centrifugal compressor technologies for the liquefaction plant.
The LMS100-PB is the largest aeroderivative gas turbine available with a free power turbine, ideally positioning it for large LNG applications.
The aerodynamically coupled free power turbine provides speed, flexibility and high torque for typical LNG compressor loads, especially during start sequencing with pressurised conditions in the refrigeration loop, avoiding the need for starter/helper motors.
LNG Canada has selected natural gas turbines for the liquefaction process to minimise fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions. LNG Canada also recently signed a power agreement with BC Hydro to use clean, renewable electricity from BC Hydro for a portion of the electricity needed for the facility.
Rafael Santana, CEO & President - Turbomachinery Solutions for GE Oil & Gas, said: “We are delighted that LNG Canada has selected our technology. The unparalleled efficiency of the LMS100 turbine combined with our compressors, which build on more than 30 years of experience in LNG applications, makes us confident that the proposed configuration represents the simplest and most integrated solution currently available to the industry […] Through its DLE technology, the LMS100-PB model will also provide best-in-class emissions for baseload operation. Selecting GE’s LMS100 technology helps LNG Canada support its environmental obligations to the Kitimat region.”
Andy Calitz, CEO of LNG Canada Development Inc., added:"The decision to power our facility with highly efficient natural gas turbines and compressors in combination with renewable electricity reflects our commitment to listen to and act on feedback from our stakeholders, when possible […] LNG Canada’s vision is to work collaboratively with First Nations, the local community and stakeholders to deliver a project that is safe, reliable and reflective of community interests.”
LNG Canada must ensure that the project is economically viable and meet several other significant milestones related to gas supply, engineering and cost estimates, supply of labor and regulatory approval prior to making a final investment decision.
Adapted from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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