Baker Hughes has been awarded an order by Bechtel to supply two main refrigerant compressors (MRCs) for Sempra Infrastructure’s (Sempra) Port Arthur LNG Phase 1 project in Jefferson County, Texas. In total, Baker Hughes will supply four Frame 7 turbines paired with eight centrifugal compressors across two liquefied natural gas (LNG) trains — for a nameplate capacity of approximately 13 MTPA — as well as two electric motor-driven compressors for the plant’s boosting services.
“We are delighted to be working with Bechtel and Sempra Infrastructure to supply critical equipment for this innovative LNG project,” said Baker Hughes chair and CEO Lorenzo Simonelli. “Baker Hughes has been committed to LNG for more than 30 years, and today’s announcement builds on our track record of delivering high-availability and reliable LNG technology, with low total cost of operations, further enabling increased exports of LNG from the US Gulf Coast to meet global energy needs.”
Packaging of the turbine/compressor train, as well as manufacturing of the compressors and testing of the trains, will take place at Baker Hughes’ facilities in Italy. The expected commercial operation dates for Port Arthur LNG Phase 1 Train 1 and Train 2 are 2027 and 2028, respectively.
Sempra reached a positive final investment decision (FID) for the development, construction, and operation of the Port Arthur LNG Phase 1 project on March 20, 2023.
The Port Arthur LNG Phase 1 project is fully permitted and designed to include two LNG trains, two LNG storage tanks, and associated facilities with a nameplate capacity of approximately 13 MTPA. Total capital expenditures for the Port Arthur Phase 1 project are estimated at US$13 billion.
The long-term contractable capacity of approximately 10.5 Mtpa is fully subscribed under binding long-term agreements with strong counterparties — ConocoPhillips, RWE Supply and Trading, PKN ORLEN S.A., INEOS, and ENGIE S.A., all of which became effective upon reaching FID.
Sempra is now actively marketing and developing the Port Arthur LNG Phase 2 project, which is expected to have similar offtake capacity to Phase 1.