Baker Hughes scores gas turbine order for Petronas’ nearshore Sabah LNG facility

Energy technology company Baker Hughes has secured an order to deliver two LM9000-driven compressor trains for Petronas’ nearshore LNG facility in Sabah, Malaysia.

Floating LNG Satu Dua; Illustration only. Courtesy of Petronas

The order was revealed on 19 April and will be booked in the first quarter of 2023. It will see Baker Hughes provide two LM9000-powered compressor trains of 1 mtpa each. The contract also includes an order for spare parts.

“Energy efficiency represents the biggest immediate opportunity for the industry to lower its carbon footprint, and the LM9000 is a great example of readily available technology that can instantly increase efficiency and reduce emissions,” said Alberto Matucci, vice president of Gas Technology Equipment of Industrial & Energy Technology at Baker Hughes.

According to the company, Baker Hughes LM9000 is the most powerful and most efficient aeroderivative gas turbine in its class, 65+ megawatt (MW), with simple cycle efficiency of 44% and a power output 15% higher compared to industry peers. 

The order was awarded by Black & Veatch, a subcontractor to the JGC and Samsung Heavy Industries consortium. The consortium recently secured secured an engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPCC) contract with Petronas for the first nearshore floating LNG facility.

The facility has a minimum production capacity of 2 million tonnes of LNG per annum and is scheduled for completion in 2027. At the same time, it is the third floating LNG plant to be constructed for offshore gas fields in Malaysia.

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