Baker Hughes nets two deals to support Wison’s LNG projects

US energy tech giant Baker Hughes has secured two procurement contracts with Wison Offshore & Marine (WOM) to provide support for one floating LNG and one onshore LNG project.

Courtesy of Wison

The two agreements were announced on 22 February when representatives from Baker Hughes visited WOM to exchange views on the companies’ history, technical strengths, milestone projects, and prospects in the energy industry. The parties said they also reached a common goal of sharing global project information and business opportunities as well as taking good advantage of mutual strengths to achieve a win-win situation.

According to WOM, the most recent contract was signed on 10 February and is related to an undisclosed onshore LNG plant, which has four trains – each with a capacity of over 1.1 million tonnes per annum (mtpa).

Under this contract, Baker Hughes will support WOM with four liquefaction modules, including four 54MW 2-pole fixed-speed electric motors driving a 2BCL1006 centrifugal compressor through a load gearbox, including start-up and commissioning spare parts.

The second contract, under which Baker Hughes is to provide support for a 2.4 mtpa floating LNG project, was concluded at the end of 2022. Further details about the contract and the project were not revealed.

However, the timing of this contract coincides with the start of the construction of a floating LNG unit with the same capacity at Wison Heavy Industry.

The 2.4 mtpa floating LNG unit, which was ordered by Italian oil and gas company Eni at the Chinese shipyard entered construction on 17 December 2022.

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The 380-metre-long and 60-metre-wide unit will be anchored at a water depth of around 40 metres in the Nene Marine Field area, around 50 kilometres offshore Pointe Noire. It will be able to store over 180,000 cubic metres of LNG and 45,000 cubic metres of LPG.

This will be Eni’s second FLNG facility to be deployed in Congo – the first one being Tango FLNG of 0.6 mtpa capacity – with LNG production expected to begin in 2023.

Commenting on the Baker Hughes’ visit, Bangsong Hua, CEO of WOM noted: “No matter whether it is for floating LNG or onshore LNG plant, compressor and electric motor are the core parts of natural gas liquefaction solutions. We are very pleased to cooperate with Baker Hughes, and we look forward to working with Baker Hughes in the future to boost the development of the clean energy industry and contribute more smart solutions to promote the sustainable development of human society.”

Yang Cao, Vice President of Baker Hughes Group and President of Baker Hughes (China), said: “This is a very meaningful visit. The breakthroughs and achievements made by WOM in LNG solutions are amazing. Baker Hughes is very confident in providing customers like WOM with attractive and competitive industrial solutions. Hope that we can work with WOM to promote energy transformation in the future, provide communities with cleaner and safer energy, and contribute to a net-zero future.”