KBR Partners Baker Hughes For LNG Design

Development of New Standardized Mid-scale LNG Solutions

Industrial contractor KBR has partnered with oilfield services firm Baker Hughes to develop new standardized mid-scale LNG solutions and deploy the firm’s gas turbines.
The deal will see KBR deploy BHGE's LM2500+G5 and LM6000PF gas turbines as part of proposed mid-scale LNG facilities. Weighing in excess of 5 tonnes, the turbine parts will be shipped from parent company GE’s manufacturing site.
"We are delighted that KBR has selected our highly efficient and reliable gas turbine technology as part of the development of its standardized mid-scale LNG design. We welcome the opportunity to strategically work together with key partners like KBR, looking at our collective solutions across the value chain to develop a more competitive solution for customers,” said Rod Christie, CEO of turbomachinery process and solutions at BHGE.

Offshore LNG Drives Breakbulk Interest

The partners will leverage their respective service portfolios to provide “standardized, low CAPEX LNG solutions for grassroots and existing LNG assets” via an enhanced standardized approach to LNG design.
With demand for LNG forecast to grow in 2019, breakbulk activity in the sector is expected to increase, particularly for the nascent offshore sector where KBR has developed a number of solutions.

“LNG is definitely a growth market. Our outlook for new projects to receive positive final investment decisions remains strong,” said Marco Caccavale, Baker Hughes vice president.

Greater Tortue Ahmeyim Project

Continuing KBR’s focus on the offshore LNG sector, the firm was separately awarded a Pre-FEED Services development contract by oil major BP for Phases 2 and 3 of the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim project on the maritime border of Mauritania and Senegal.

“For more than 40 years, KBR has been a recognized pioneer in the LNG industry, designing and constructing one-third of the world's LNG production,” a spokesperson for the firm said.
Earlier this year, engineering services firm TechnipFMC began an EPC contract at the site. Work is set to include substantial breakbulk transport for the commissioning of a floating production storage and offloading, or FPSO, unit as well as initial subsea infrastructure to connect the four wells consolidated through production pipelines leading to the FPSO.

Ground-breaking LNG development
"We are proud to be part of this ground-breaking project which will deliver LNG revenues and gas to Africa for decades to come. This win demonstrates KBR's strategic commitment to our partner BP to deliver an innovative and cost effective deepwater gas value chain together,” said Jay Ibrahim, KBR president, Energy Solutions.
Headquartered in Houston, KBR employs about 34,000 people worldwide, with customers in more than 75 countries, and operations in 40 countries. Its growth forecast for hydrocarbons has been welcomed by breakbulk operators as a positive for the sector after tight margins in recent years. 
Photo: KBR workers. Credit: KBR