The oil and gas division of GE has signed a contract with
Qatargas to supply advanced combustion technology that will reduce gas
turbine emissions at the Qatargas 1 Utility complex to meet new
regulations from the Qatari Ministry of Environment.
The deal was announced by GE on Tuesday at the 20th World
Petroleum Congress in Doha.
GE will provide its Dry Low NOx (DLN) 1.0 combustion system
designed to achieve low emissions levels of 25 parts per
million (ppm) for nitrogen oxide, it said.
The technology will be used to upgrade
six GE Frame 6B gas turbines that are providing the power for
three onshore LNG trains at the Qatargas 1 site in Ras Laffan
Industry City, 70 kilometers from Doha.
Qatargas, which pioneered the LNG industry in Qatar, today
is the largest LNG producing company in the world, with a
capacity of 42 million tpy.
Qatargas also is a trend-setter in environmental responsibility and was
the first company in Qatar to establish an ambient air quality
program, which helped to set the agenda for future controls on
air emissions for all Ras Laffan
At the core of our environmental commitment is our
objective to reduce emissions to the lowest practical
levels, said Alae Sadic Al Hassan, Qatargas acting
chief operating officer for ventures and engineering.
After evaluating a variety of solutions, we determined
that GEs DLN combustion system offered the optimum
solution to achieve the required emission levels.
James Baldwin, environmental manager for Qatargas,
added: Qatargas is focused on reducing our emissions footprint and energy use
to the lowest practical levels and aims to be a strong
pacesetter within the LNG industry in this regard.
The installation of GEs DLN systems will begin in
February of 2012, with the sixth and final unit completed by of
the second half of 2013. Equipment for the project will be provided from GE facilities in Greenville, South
Carolina and Florence, Italy.
The new contract demonstrates GES capability to
handle complex projects, by offering engineering,
materials, testing and field services on a turnkey basis,
said Rami Qasem, CEO for GE Oil & Gas in the Middle East,
North Africa and Turkey region (MENAT).
We are committed to providing the best technology available to help
customers driving green initiatives such as Qatargas meet their
ongoing environmental challenges, he added.
GEs DLN combustion system upgrades are directed toward
ensuring compliance with strict environmental regulations and
business and environmental needs for reduced emissions,
eliminating the need for diluent injection or selective
catalytic reduction (SCR) systems which are harder to maintain
and have additional safety issues to manage, according to the
The system is a certified GE Ecomagination product
for its ability to measurably improve both customer environmental and operating
performance, the company said.