Baker Hughes Receives QatarEnergy LNG Order

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This Baker Hughes’ order from QatarEnergy includes six gas turbines and 12 centrifugal compressors.

Baker Hughes, an energy technology firm, has announced that it secured an order from QatarEnergy for two main refrigerant compressors (MRCs) for the North Field South (NFS) project, which Qatargas will carry out. The MRCs will be part of two LNG trains with a combined 16 million tons per annum (MTPA) capacity, expected to raise Qatar's LNG production capacity to 126 MTPA, with completion anticipated in 2027.

As with the trains provided for the North Field East (NFE) project, Baker Hughes' LNG technology will enhance the project's energy efficiency through improved machine performance. Each MRC train will consist of three Frame 9E DLN Ultra Low NOx gas turbines and six centrifugal compressors distributed across two LNG "mega trains," totaling six gas turbines driving 12 centrifugal compressors. The gas turbine/compressor trains will be packaged, manufactured, and tested at Baker Hughes' Gas Technology facilities in Italy, utilizing its service site in Ras Laffan, Qatar, for maintenance and technical support services.

The North Field is jointly owned by QatarEnergy and several international oil companies and is operated by Qatargas. The NFS project, the second phase of the North Field Expansion Project announced in 2017, will boost Qatar's LNG production capacity from 110 MTPA, reached by the first phase North Field East expansion in 2025, to 126 MTPA by 2027.


Baker Hughes has been supporting Qatargas with core LNG liquefaction technology since the early 1990s. The recent contract, building on a 2020 award for the NFE expansion, will bring the total number of LNG trains powered by Baker Hughes' energy solutions to 12.

The Italian turbomachinery OEM has had a presence in Qatar for over 45 years, operating three service facilities, one research and development center, and employing more than 450 personnel. In 2019, the company signed a memorandum of understanding with QatarEnergy for the TAWTEEN in-country value program, aiming to further encourage localization and growth in Qatar.