1 November 2006 — GE’s Oil and Gas business will supply three Frame 6B gas turbines that will provide a total of approximately 120 MW of power for Qatar Liquefied Gas Company Limited’s LNG production facilities 2, 3 and 4 in Ras Laffan, Qatar.
The three Frame 6B machines will be manufactured at GE Energy’s plant in Belfort, France and packaged at GE Oil & Gas facilities in Massa, Italy. The units will be shipped to Qatar during the first two quarters of 2007, with commercial operation scheduled for the third quarter of 2007. GE’s contract also includes electrical balance of plant equipment.
The gas turbines will be used for baseload operation, with natural gas as the primary fuel. The units will be equipped with GE Dry Low NOx combustion systems that will enable them to meet Qatar Liquefied Gas Company’s requirement for NOx emissions.
“According to World Energy Outlook, Qatar will have the fastest rate of energy growth demand in the Middle East and North Africa region by 2030,” said Claudi Santiago, GE Senior Vice President and President and CEO of GE Oil & Gas. “Qatar also will register the biggest volume increase in gas production and will account for almost one-quarter of the increase in gas inter-regional trade until 2030.”
The new Frame 6B machines will expand GE’s fleet of gas turbines in Qatar that includes Frame 5, 6 and 7 gas turbines as well as Frame 9 gas turbines being used for the LNG “super-trains” under construction for Qatargas 4.