Baker Hughes, GE picked for Gorgon subsea supply contract

Chevron Corp. Gorgon project on Barrow Island, Australia. Source: Chevron Australia Pty Ltd. via Bloomberg
Chevron Corp. Gorgon project on Barrow Island, Australia. Source: Chevron Australia Pty Ltd. via Bloomberg

Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE) will supply subsea production equipment to Chevron for the second phase of the Gorgon LNG project off Australia.

Specifically, BHGE will provide 13 subsea production trees, two eight-slot manifolds, 13 wellheads and connectors and pipes systems, and 16 subsea control systems and associated equipment.

BHGE is also supplying well completion equipment and services under a separate five-year contract.

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.

BHGE regional president Visal Leng said: “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.

“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.”

Graham Gillies, vice president-subsea production systems and services at BHGE, said: “These latest contracts are a clear sign of BHGE’s continued gas technology leadership, and ability to compete and win big projects.

“We have been providing cost effective, advanced technology solutions to Chevron for more than a decade and, through this MSO, will continue to do so, thereby de-risking project execution, and driving technology standardization.

“We will continue to keep a sharp eye on these important, long-cycle offshore developments with a view to providing leading technology, equipment, solutions and services to our customers.”

 Gorgon is a joint venture between the Australian subsidiaries of Chevron (operator with 47.3%), ExxonMobil (25%), Shell (25%), Osaka Gas (1.25%), Tokyo Gas (1%) and JERA (0.417%).

The Greater Gorgon area lies between 130 and 220 kilometres off the northwest coast of Western Australia.

BHGE delivered gas turbines and subsea production systems for the first phase of the project, in addition to pipeline pre-commissioning services.

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