Baker Hughes, one of the world’s largest oil field services companies, declared an order to be booked in the first quarter of 2023 with its partner QatarEnergy to provide two main refrigerant compressors (MRCs) for the North Field South (NFS) project, which will be executed by Qatargas.
According to the company’s announcement, the MRCs are part of two LNG “mega trains” representing 16 million tons per annum (MTPA) of additional capacity that is estimated to further maximize Qatar’s LNG production capacity to 126 MTPA, helping to propel Qatar as a leader in global LNG production by 2027.
This major LNG order reflects more than two decades of trust and successful collaboration between Baker Hughes, QatarEnergy, and its various operating companies across the energy value chain. Most notably, Baker Hughes has supported Qatargas since the early 1990s with core LNG liquefaction technology.
“We are pleased to be a long-time partner to Qatar, helping to position the country as a leading supplier of LNG and helping to unlock more global capacity,” said Lorenzo Simonelli, chairman and CEO of Baker Hughes. “LNG will enable the energy transition by acting as a more reliable, affordable, and flexible energy source alongside other new energy sources, including renewables and hydrogen. As an LNG technology leader, Baker Hughes is committed to supporting the sector to capture, transfer and transform gas in a way that meets rising energy demand and reduces emissions.”
The North Field is the largest non-associated natural gas field on a global scale. The North Field Expansion Project’s second phase was announced in 2017, and it is owned by QatarEnergy in collaboration with several foreign oil corporations and operated by Qatargas. It will raise Qatar’s ability to produce LNG from 110 MTPA, which will be reached by the conclusion of the first phase of the North Field East development in 2025, to 126 MTPA by 2027 after it is entirely finished.