MODEC awards Baker Hughes significant order for carbon reducing gas technology equipment in BM-C-33 project 

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Energy technology company Baker Hughes announced on July 5 that it has been awarded a significant order by MODEC to supply gas technology equipment for the BM-C-33 project in Brazil’s pre-salt Campos area. The order, to be booked in the second quarter of 2023, includes turbomachinery equipment such as LM2500 gas turbine generators and steam turbine generator technology, aiming to reduce the project’s carbon footprint through a combined cycle power generation solution.

Equinor, in partnership with Repsol Sinopec Brasil and Petrobras, is responsible for the development of the BM-C-33 project. The equipment supplied by Baker Hughes will be installed in the BM-C-33 Floating Production, Storage, and Offloading (FPSO) vessel. In addition to the gas technology equipment, Baker Hughes will provide process design engineering and balance of plant services.

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Ganesh Ramaswamy, Executive Vice President of Industrial & Energy Technology at Baker Hughes, expressed his satisfaction with the order, stating, “This order is a testament to our established track record in technology for FPSO vessels. It also strengthens our relationship with MODEC and represents an important milestone in our collaboration with Equinor and its partners.” Ramaswamy further emphasized Baker Hughes’ commitment to sustainability, stating that their solutions will contribute to reducing the project’s carbon footprint, aligning with the company’s mission to make energy more sustainable and safer.

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Combined cycles are gaining prominence in the offshore oil and gas industry as they enable the reduction of carbon emissions from FPSO vessels. For the BM-C-33 project, Baker Hughes expects a carbon emissions reduction of over 20% compared to similar open-cycle FPSOs with the same power demand. This project marks the second combined cycle power generation FPSO project developed by Baker Hughes for MODEC and Equinor in Brazilian deep waters, following the Bacalhau FPSO award in 2020.

Equinor and its partners have set an ambitious carbon intensity target for the BM-C-33 project, aiming for less than 6 kg of CO2 per barrel of oil equivalent (BOE) over the field’s lifetime. This target is significantly lower than the global industry average of 16 kg CO2 per barrel. The adoption of Baker Hughes’ gas technology equipment will play a crucial role in achieving this goal, further demonstrating the industry’s commitment to environmental sustainability and the reduction of carbon emissions in offshore operations.


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