GE Oil & Gas has signed a Long Term Service Agreement (LTSA) with Chevron Australia to provide subsea services for the company’s operated natural gas assets located off the northwest coast of Western Australia.
According to the agreement, GE will supply a range of services including project management, inventory storage, preventative maintenance and obsolescence management. Additional services on demand will include engineering analysis, field services, rental tooling, corrective maintenance, wellheads, spare equipment and training.
Lorenzo Simonelli, President & CEO, GE Oil & Gas, said: “Given the current strong headwinds facing the industry, the sector, and the world, is crying out for innovative solutions to extracting, transporting and processing oil and gas. The needs are multiple and competing: faster, cheaper, local, predictable, more efficient, less resource intensive. Most oil and gas sector companies are looking for fresh ways to tackle these challenges, and many are turning to technology.”
Mary Hackett, Regional Director, GE Oil & Gas, said: “We are proud to expand our relationship with Chevron, and to provide Industrial Internet services that will support operational efficiency and productivity. Lower commodity prices and continued market volatility present an opportunity for businesses to invest in technology to help them get the most out of their assets. We are seeing this trend play out across the sector.”
GE in addition said that it had recently signed another service agreement with Santos GLNG Ltd for its liquefied natural gas plant on Curtis Island, off the coast of Gladstone, Queensland. Under the Santos agreement, GE plant managers will receive a notification if a machine is behaving abnormally, allowing for it to be investigated and addressed, and avoiding any unplanned downtime.
Hackett added: “These agreements also represent GE’s overall commitment to the oil and gas sector in Australia, and in Western Australia. We will continue to invest in our technology and learning complex in Jandakot to provide skills development and leadership for the industry, in our dedicated oil and gas facility in Broome, and in the more than 500 people that work across our GE businesses in Western Australia.”
In Australia, Chevron operates, through its wholly owned subsidiary Chevron Australia Pty Ltd, two major liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects, Gorgon and Wheatstone.
The Gorgon Project is an LNG and domestic gas joint venture supplied by the Greater Gorgon Area gas fields. The project is being developed on Barrow Island and Chevron describes it as the largest single-resource development in Australia’s history.
The Gorgon Project includes one of the world’s largest subsea gathering systems.
Chevron is also developing the Wheatstone Project as an LNG and domestic gas operation near Onslow, in the West Pilbara region of Western Australia. It will be Australia’s first natural gas distribution hub.
According to Chevron, the project’s initial capacity is expected to be 8.9 million metric tons per year of LNG.