HOUSTON -- GE Oil & Gas (NYSE: GE) has announced the shipment of two liquefied natural gas (LNG) compressor trains being supplied for the development of Dominion’s Cove Point LNG export facility, currently under construction by IHI E&C International Corp. and Kiewit Energy Co. The LNG Liquefaction plant, located on the Chesapeake Bay in Lusby, Maryland, will produce about 5.25 million metric tons of liquefied natural gas annually when completed in late 2017, and will be the first LNG terminal capable of exporting LNG on the U.S. east coast.
Each of the two identical trains includes a FR7 Gas Turbine, plus three centrifugal compressors (3MCL1405, MCL1405, 2BCL806) and a 20-megawatt (MW), two-pole induction electric helper motor provided by GE’s Power Conversion business. GE's MS7001 EA industrial gas turbines feature DLN technology and provide 86-MW ISO shaft power while reducing emissions.
The joint venture team of IHI E&C International Corporation and Kiewit Energy Company will provide Dominion Resources with the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services to convert the existing LNG import terminal to an LNG liquefaction plant for export of LNG to India and Japan.
“The shipment of the two LNG trains marks a significant milestone in this project,” said Tom Shelby, EVP at Kiewit Energy Group Inc. “We look forward to working with GE at Cove Point, which is the first LNG export facility on the east coast.”
“We’re extremely pleased to be working with GE and utilizing this important LNG technology at Dominion Cove Point,” said IHI E&C President Glyn Rodgers. “This technology and our teamwork are helping to make Cove Point one of the world’s premier LNG export facilities.”
Juan Cuesta, North America region general manager for Turbomachinery Solutions, GE Oil & Gas, said: "All tests went well and were carried out before the contractual delivery date. We are pleased about the close collaboration with the project partners and enthusiastic about providing our advanced LNG technology to develop a more cost efficient solution that helps reduce risk.”
The dynamic simulation in collaboration with APCI, and full-load string test on the mixed refrigerant and propane LNG compressor trains were carried out recently at GE's facility in Massa, Italy, where GE Oil & Gas has the largest and most complete testing capability in the industry to perform tests under actual load and pressure conditions for trains driven by gas turbines or electric motors.
GE will also provide two auxiliary trains for Dominion's Cove Point Liquefaction Project, one for the Lean Gas Compression service composed of one centrifugal compressor (BCL604), plus gear box, plus 27 MW synchronous motor, and one for the propane recovery service composed of one reciprocating compressor (2HB/2).