- Baker Hughes to Improve NLNG Trains’ Performance
Baker Hughes, a GE company, said it had signed an agreement for the provision of Asset Performance Management software and services to enhance the performance of the LNG trains at the Nigeria LNG Limited’s liquefaction plant in Bonny Island.
The company said in a statement that it would provide the APM software services to reduce unplanned outages and trips for the LNG trains.
It said the deal marked the first APM solution sold and executed both in the LNG market and in sub-Saharan Africa by BHGE.
According to the statement, using proven APM software, BHGE developed an outcome-based solution with a digital trip reduction program and has committed to a reduction of 20 per cent of trips on the LNG trains and related balance of plant within three years.
“APM and similar digital solutions are crucial to securing the future of operations within the oil and gas industry, particularly in the LNG market.” said the President, LNG and Global Service for Turbo machinery and Process Solutions, BHGE, Maria Sferruzza.
She said, “This deal marks milestone digital advancements in sub-Saharan Africa and is a strong demonstration of the BHGE’s APM solutions. This strategy, jointly developed with our partners in the GE Digital and the GE Power Services, shows how we can leverage strong links within the business to meet our customers’ needs.”
She described the APM as a GE enterprise software solution that leverages sensors, connectivity, data and analytics to improve the reliability and availability of our customers’ assets, minimising total cost of ownership.
According to the statement, the APM enables intelligent asset strategies to help optimise performance to make operations safer by helping to predict and prevent failures, thereby mitigating risk and increasing overall efficiency.
It said within the LNG market, this and other digital solutions could enhance production and perform predictive analysis on turbo machinery equipment and operations related to the balance of plant.
The statement said, “The BHGE will supply the bundle of its software services, powered by the GE’s Predix, the platform for the industrial Internet, in a multi-year agreement that includes support from the GE Power Services and the GE Digital. The BHGE is the main contractor of the project’s LNG trains, power generation and electrical motors units and has had a contractual service agreement in place with the NLNG since 2003.”
The NLNG’s shareholders are the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (49 per cent), Shell Gas B.V. (25.6 per cent), Total Gaz Electricite Holdings France (15 per cent), and Eni International (N.A). NVSL (10.4 per cent).