Baker Hughes gets service deal for FLNG

03 October 2022

Baker Hughes announced a new service contract for maintenance and monitoring of turbomachinery equipment operations at Coral Sul FLNG, the first deep-water floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility operating off the coast of Mozambique on the Eni-led Coral South project.

Coral Sul FLNG Baker Hughes said it has received a new service contract for maintenance and monitoring of turbomachinery equipment operations at Coral Sul FLNG, a deep-water floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility operating off the coast of Mozambique. (Photo: Technip Energies)

The contractual service agreement will guarantee the performance of the rotating equipment at Coral Sul FLNG under pre-determined metrics, such as reliability of compressors and efficiency and low emissions of gas turbines. The contract also includes a provision of resident engineers, supervisors, repairs and spare parts to support maintenance activities. Baker Hughes said it has committed to utilizing local resources in Mozambique, helping to further grow local talent in supporting the vital energy sector.

As part of the scope, Baker Hughes will also provide remote monitoring and diagnostics services, leveraging its iCenter capabilities, including Carbon Optimizer as well as a suite of other digital services based on Bently Nevada’s System 1 technology, which includes health and maintenance monitoring, data services and cyber-asset management.

This new service agreement builds on an existing Coral Sul FLNG contract awarded to Baker Hughes in 2017 for the project’s power and gas refrigeration process, including four turbo-compression trains with aeroderivative gas turbine and centrifugal compressor technology, as well as four turbo-generation units.

“This agreement shows how we embed our decades of LNG experience and constant collaboration with our customers to develop solutions to meet their specific needs and outcomes,” said Rod Christie, executive vice president of Turbomachinery & Process Solutions at Baker Hughes. “Demand for LNG is on the rise, illustrating how natural gas is playing a foundational role in supporting the many types of transitions along the paths to net-zero emissions. This deal also represents the expertise and portfolio of comprehensive solutions that the recently announced Industrial & Energy Technology business segment of Baker Hughes will provide to customers.”

Coral Sul FLNG is the first deep-water floating LNG facility operating on the Eni-led Coral South Project on behalf of Area 4 Partners (ExxonMobil CNPC, GALP, KOGAS and ENH). With a liquefaction capacity of 3.4 million tons/year, Coral Sul FLNG will put in production 450 billion m3 of gas from the giant Coral reservoir, located in the Rovuma Basin Area 4 offshore Mozambique at a water depth of around 2000 m. It is expected to begin operations later in 2022, becoming the first LNG project in Mozambique to come online for exports.

The initial life of the service contract has been set for eight years, and services are to commence at the end of 2022.

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