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Baker Hughes secures contracts with Maersk and Vietsovpetro

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Baker Hughes (BHGE) has announced a series of new contracts and partnerships at its annual meeting in Florence, Italy.

A contract with Maersk Oil will see BHGE deliver an integrated scope of turbomachinery equipment for the topside production facility of the Tyra field redevelopment project, in the Danish North Sea, including seven compression trains featuring BCL centrifugal compressors driven by GE Power high speed electric motors; three gas turbine generator sets; and two turbo expanders. The compressor technology uses an active magnetic bearing (AMB) solution for both driver and driven equipment, and BHGE will supply AMB applications through a license-based partnership with SKF. Adopting an AMB and high-speed electric motor configuration provides Maersk with an optimised, oil-less solution that eliminates lubricant materials and reduces the weight, footprint and maintenance costs for the equipment on the platform’s topside. On the power generation side, BHGE will supply the aeroderivative gas turbine, which is derived directly from GE Aviation’s aircraft engines and is a lighter, compact and more efficient option. The equipment will be manufactured, packaged and tested in the BHGE turbomachinery and process solutions centres of excellence in Florence, Italy and Le Creusot, France.

BHGE will also deliver 10 NovaLT16 gas turbines for customers in the APAC region. The latest deal will see BHGE supply the turbine to Vietnamese-Russian company Vietsovpetro.

The NovaLT16 – designed for both onshore and offshore applications – provides an efficient solution with a strong emphasis on high availability and reliability, while reducing operating costs. It will be combined with the gas compression platform’s existing gas engine-driven reciprocating compressors to expand gas compression capacity at Block 09-1. The turbine is designed for both mechanical drive and power generation applications and, for this development, its mechanical drive capabilities are ideally suited to enhance the facility’s gas compression performance, with 89% or higher compressor efficiency.

Developed and built in Florence, the turbine can operate for up to 35 000 hours between maintenance intervals and has been configured to ensure servicing activities can be completed quickly and efficiently, thereby reducing downtime, resulting in high levels of reliability, availability and efficiency, with reduced operating costs for the customer.

Lorenzo Simonelli, Chairman and CEO of BHGE, said: “These deals and partnerships show the value of BHGE’s diversified portfolio, which allows us to partner with our customers and develop innovative solutions across the value chain. Our fullstream and integrated offerings are what differentiate us to compete in every segment and sector – upstream, midstream and downstream, brownfield and greenfield, onshore and offshore.”

BHGE has also made strides in digital technology; in conjunction with Shell it has developed JewelSuite, which is assisting Shell with field development planning by integrating data and workflows from seismic interpretation through to geological modelling. This allows Shell to reduce uncertainties on well placement, reserves estimation, and production planning.

“Digital technologies have been an important feature in our industry for years but now the pace of change is increasing dramatically. What used to take years or months to be developed and deployed, can now take only weeks,” said Harry Brekelmans, Director Shell Projects and Technology.

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