GE Oil & Gas will supply three customised aeroderivative gas turbine-generator modules to provide reliable electric power for a new Chevron floating production unit that will produce oil and gas from the Jack and St. Malo fields in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 280 miles south of New Orleans and at a water depth of approximately 7000 ft.
GE will provide three LM2500+G4 gas turbine generator modules, each mounted on a three-point support base plate, designed with marine corrosion-resistant materials to overcome footprint restrictions and withstand pitch, roll and acceleration forces anticipated for a floating production unit operating in deep waters.
Marco Caccavale, North America region leader—turbomachinery, GE Oil & Gas said, “We are delighted to have been selected by Chevron for this important Gulf of Mexico project. To optimize reliable performance and efficiency and mitigate the considerable footprint restrictions offshore, we have design-engineered three unique modular solutions featuring GE aeroderivative gas turbine technology at their core.”
Shipment of the equipment is scheduled to start in December of 2011, with commercial startup planned by early 2013.
Chevron’s initial development of the Jack and St. Malo fields consists of three subsea centers tied back to a hub production facility with an initial capacity of 170,000 barrels of oil and 42.5 million ft3/d of natural gas.