BHGE scores Gorgon subsea gig from Chevron

Gorgon LNG plant on Barrow Island (Image courtesy of Chevron Australia)

Baker Hughes, a GE company, has been awarded a contract from Chevron Australia for the supply of subsea production equipment, under a 15-year master service order, with a second contract for well completion equipment.

These technology solutions will enable a second development phase within the Greater Gorgon area offshore Australia, helping to maintain gas supply to the downstream LNG plant on Barrow Island in Western Australia, a BHGE statement reads.

This next phase is the first to be executed under the terms of the master service order with BHGE, signed in March 2016.

The scope of supply of the new contract includes 13 subsea production trees, two eight-slot manifolds, 13 MS-700 SFX fatigue-resistant wellheads and specialty connectors & pipes systems, and 16 Sem2K subsea control systems and associated equipment.

BHGE is also supplying well completion equipment and services under a separate five-year contract, including coring work, liner hangers, completions and wellbore cleanup technology.

The Gorgon development is one of the largest natural gas projects in the world today, and BHGE has been a key partner in this multi-stage development.

“The expanded Gorgon subsea infrastructure will continue to be supported out of BHGE’s state-of-the-art oil and gas campus in Jandakot, Western Australia, where more than $100m has been invested in significant infrastructure and engineering capabilities to service the latest technologies deployed in the development,” said Visal Leng, President for APAC at BHGE.

“An in-country team will also support testing, installation and commissioning activities and, once the second stage is brought online, will provide operational support to maintain equipment availability, along with storage and maintenance of spare parts and tooling,” Leng added.

Gorgon comprises a three-train, 15.6 million tonnes per annum LNG facility and a domestic gas plant with the capacity to supply 300 terajoules of gas per day to Western Australia.

The first LNG cargo departed Barrow Island in March 2016 and domestic gas supply to the Western Australian market started in December 2016.

The Gorgon project is operated by Chevron’s Australian unit that has a 47.3 percent share in the giant LNG project.

ExxonMobil and Shell hold 25 percent, each, in the project, while Osaka Gas has 1.25 percent, Tokyo Gas 1 percent and JERA owns a 0.417 percent share in the joint venture.

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