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GE gas turbines, compressors selected for China's West-East gas pipeline project

AZDEL : 29 September, 2007  (Company News)
GE's Oil & Gas business has been selected as an equipment supplier for the expansion of China's landmark West-East Gas Pipeline Project, one of the country's most critical infrastructure projects of the 21st century. Under a contract of more than US$196 million, GE will provide gas turbines, compressors and installation services for 12 new compression stations.
GE's Oil & Gas business has been selected as an equipment supplier for the expansion of China's landmark West-East Gas Pipeline Project, one of the country's most critical infrastructure projects of the 21st century. Under a contract of more than US$196 million, GE will provide gas turbines, compressors and installation services for 12 new compression stations.

GE was selected for the project by the China Petroleum Material and Equipment Corporation and the West East Gas Pipeline Company of PetroChina Company Limited, based in Beijing. The pipeline runs for nearly 4,000 kilometers, transporting natural gas from the resource-rich but remote Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of western China to the economic hub of Shanghai and other eastern provinces along the pipeline route.

'In order to support the country's growth and its strong commitment for energy security, the Chinese government decided to increase the capacity of the West-East pipeline from 12 billion cubic meters a year (BCMY) to 17 BCMY. This will make additional power available to support the market demand, and is one of China's most strategic projects,' said Claudi Santiago, president and CEO of GE's Oil & Gas business.

'Expanding the gas flow of the pipeline requires the installation of a relatively large number of units that have to be put into operation starting from the middle of next year,' Santiago continued. 'It is the first time ever that a gas pipeline expansion project of this magnitude has had such a tight schedule. After an intense analysis phase in which all of the bidders' technical solutions and capabilities to successfully meet this schedule were evaluated, PetroChina selected GE for the project.'

GE will provide 20 PGT 25+ gas turbine-packaged drivers and 24 PCL800 compressors for the pipeline expansion. Each PGT 25+ set includes an LM2500+ gas generator manufactured by GE Aircraft Engines in Cincinnati, Ohio, coupled aerodynamically with a high-speed power turbine manufactured by GE's Oil & Gas business in Florence, Italy.

In addition to the equipment, GE's contract includes installation, start-up and training services, and defines the supply of spare parts and personnel for scheduled maintenance for 12 years.

Designed to transport 17 billion cubic meters of natural gas a year, the West-East pipeline crosses 10 provinces and is the longest pipeline in China. The project is a key part of China's plan to use natural gas for the generation of additional power to help meet the country's growing demand for energy.
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