BHGE wins Statoil contract for Johan Castberg equipment

LM2500 aeroderivative gas turbine
LM2500 aeroderivative gas turbine

Baker Hughes, a GE Company (BHGE), has won a contract with Statoil to provide turbomachinery equipment for the Johan Castberg development.

The Barents Sea project was the largest to be sanctioned last year and is estimated to hold as much as 650million barrels of oil equivalent.

BHGE, an oilfield equipment specialist, will supply two gas turbine generators for the topside structure of the Johan Castberg floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel.

Each turbine has a waste heat recovery system, allowing energy from the fumes to be reused.

BHGE will also supply balance of plant auxiliaries for the turbines and waste recovery units.

The modules will be assembled at BHGE’s turbomachinery and process solutions centres in Italy and will be shipped to Singapore to be put on the FPSO.

Shipment is targeted for the fourth quarter of 2019.

Paolo Ruggeri, Turbomachinery & Process Solutions Director, Europe, BHGE, said: “We are excited to have the opportunity to contribute to the development of Johan Castberg, one the industry’s most impactful projects globally.

“The modularization of the units that we can execute in our Avenza module construction yard represents an innovative solution that we were able to offer to Statoil during the initial phase of the design. It will allow a significant reduction in the number of interfaces and activities to be performed by the customer at site and at the FPSO construction yard.

“Thanks to the collaborative approach of all involved parties throughout the process, BHGE has been able to develop a solution to simplify Statoil’s operations and minimize risks.”

First oil from Norway’s Johan Castberg is scheduled for 2022.