Chevron’s floating production unit 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 7,000 feet.

Under the contract, GE will supply three customized aeroderivative gas turbine-generator modules for the unit.

Each turbine generator modules will be mounted on a three-point support base plate, designed with marine corrosion-resistant materials.

The LM2500+G4 gas turbines will be manufactured by GE Aero Energy in Ohio, US while the generator package assembly and testing will take place at GE Oil & Gas facilities in Massa, Italy.

Shipment of the equipment is scheduled to start in December 2011, with commercial startup planned by early 2013.

Chevron’s initial development of the Jack and St. Malo fields will be comprised of three subsea centers back to a hub production facility with an initial capacity of 170,000 barrels of oil and 42.5 million cubic feet of natural gas per day.