BHGE announces new technology deals and partnerships for oil and gas industry

BHGE Oil rigBHGE aims to have significant levels of oil and gas development for both onshore and offshore. (Image source: marianne muegenburg cothern/Flickr)Baker Hughes (BHGE), a GE company, announced a series of new contracts and partnerships at its two-day event in Florence from 29-30 January 2018, which assembled more than 1,000 senior oil and gas and government leaders

A contract with Maersk Oil will see BHGE deliver an integrated scope of turbomachinery equipment for the topside production facility of the Tyra field redevelopment project, in the Danish North Sea, including seven compression trains.

The compressor technology uses an active magnetic bearing (AMB) solution for both driver and driven equipment, and BHGE will supply AMB applications through a license-based partnership with SKF, a leading player in the development, manufacture and sale of active magnetic bearings and magnetic bearing control technologies. Adopting an AMB and high-speed electric motor configuration provides Maersk with an optimised, oil-less solution that eliminates lubricant materials and reduces the weight, footprint and maintenance costs for the equipment on the platform’s topside.

On the power generation side, BHGE will supply the aeroderivative gas turbine, which is derived directly from GE Aviation’s aircraft engines and is a lighter, compact and more efficient option. The equipment will be manufactured, packaged and tested in the BHGE Turbomachinery and Process Solutions centres of excellence of Florence, Italy and Le Creusot, France.

“The turbine is designed for both mechanical drive and power generation applications and, for this development, its mechanical drive capabilities are suited to enhance the facility’s gas compression performance, with 89 per cent or higher compressor efficiency,” said BHGE.

The company aims to re-invent how work gets done and deliver radical efficiencies across the value chain, as demonstrated by a partnership with Shell, said BHGE to the press.

BHGE has jointly developed JewelSuite, which aims to revolutionise the way Shell executes field development planning by integrating data and workflows from seismic interpretation. This allows Shell to reduce uncertainties on well placement, reserves estimation and production planning.

“Digital Technologies have been an important feature in our industry for years but now the pace of change is increasing dramatically. What used to take years or months to be developed and deployed, can now take only weeks,” said Harry Brekelmans, director for projects and technology at Shell.

BHGE also announced two deals that further underline the company’s leadership in gas technologies.

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