GE Oil & Gas has been awarded a contract to supply gas turbine-driven compressors for a third natural gas liquefaction train for the expansion of BP-operated Tangguh facility in Indonesia.

The order has been placed with GE Oil & Gas local business partner in Indonesia, PT IMECO Inter Sarana.

The expansion of Tangguh facility, located in the Papua Barat Province of Indonesia, is expected to increase its liquefied natural gas (LNG) production by 3.8 million tons per annum (mtpa) to 11.4 mtpa.

The company already supplied gas turbine-driven compressors for the other two trains at the Tangguh LNG plant when it was first established.

GE Oil & Gas turbomachinery solutions president and CEO Rod Christie said: “The equipment similarity to the other two LNG trains and the single source of the entire shaft line are key factors that will enable smooth and optimized operation and maintenance of the plant.”

The components of the turbo compressor strings will be manufactured at GE facilities in Greenville, South Carolina, US and Florence, Italy.

The firm said that the assembled train will be fully digitally-enabled, including advanced sensors and monitoring capabilities.

The equipment is expected to be ready for shipment to Indonesia in mid 2018.

GE Oil & Gas will leverage its local footprint and global engineering capabilities to install the new train at the facility.

 In July, BP Berau awarded two engineering and construction contracts to Saipem for the $8bn Tangguh LNG expansion project.

The expanded project, which is scheduled to commence production in 2020, inculdes two offshore platforms, 13 new production wells, a new LNG jetty, and supporting infrastructure.

BP Berau and its affiliates in Indonesia own a 37.16% stake in the project while other partners include MI Berau with 16.30% stake, CNOOC Muturi 13.90%, Nippon Oil Exploration 12.23%.