GE Oil&Gas announced five big new projects

GE Oil & Gas today announced five new initiatives to accelerate cutting-edge technology development and testing across the energy value chain.
Firstly, a Joint Industry Project has been launched with a group of leading international oil companies to develop a new subsea boosting system that has the potential to reduce lifecycle costs by up to 30% and improve operational flexibility for operators. The initial phase of the JIP includes Statoil and Total among the various operators. The new system is named the Modular Contra-rotating Pump (MCP) and draws on technology from the GE Aviation business, and promises to reduce the topside and subsea footprint by up to 50% and eliminating equipment such as the barrier fluid system needed in conventional subsea boosting systems.
Working closely with operators throughout the development and testing process, GE Oil & Gas has also introduced its SFX wellhead system, a standardised, full-system solution providing up to 16 times fatigue resistance improvement over the company’s existing systems, for ultra-reliability in fatigue-critical zones.
Then, the LNG Cryogenic Antisurge Valve product line, developed and manufactured at the Bari plant in Italy will be overhauled. These large size valves have been tested to guarantee seat tightness, now extended to class V with temperature down to -196 °C. By reducing the recirculated flow rate when the valve is closed, GE Oil & Gas is setting new standards for this type of valve.
Speaking about new projects, Qatar Fertiliser Company (QAFCO) has awarded GE Oil & Gas a long-term technical development partnership agreement. In this strategic agreement, Downstream Technology Solutions will bring GE Oil & Gas competencies to mark the first regional installation of its 32 K Extendor Combustion System. GE Oil & Gas will supply the parts for the project with the first installation set for 2017, while modification, repair and field services will be provided through Qatar-based experts.
Last, but not least, the company is expanding its Massa testing site, with a focus on supporting testing of the aeroderivative LM2500 gas turbine and becoming the global center of excellence for the testing of the LM2500 gas turbines for oil & gas applications. The Massa testing facility is already the largest such facility in the world and has seen a 300 percent increase in test cell workload in 2015 – expanding from testing 12 engines per year to 35 engines per year. This is expected to grow by another 50 percent in 2016.