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GE Oil and Gas sign landmark pipeline project

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GE Oil & Gas will provide high-end turbo-machinery for the first phase of the landmark Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) – a partnership between the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR), Turkey's state-owned BOTAS (Petroleum Pipeline Corporation), and BP – which will transport gas from Azerbaijan via Turkey to European energy markets, providing benefits of uninterrupted gas flow as well as security and diversification of energy resources.

Heart of the pipeline

The multi-million dollar contract provides critical systems referred to as ‘the heart of the pipeline,’ comprising aero derivative gas turbine driven centrifugal compressor packages – also known as turbo-compressor trains – all manufactured, packaged and tested by GE Oil & Gas in Florence, Italy, for shipment in 2017.

The deal supports the commissioning of the first phase of TANAP, scheduled to come online in 2018. GE Oil & Gas’ state-of-the-art equipment was successful in being chosen due to its high levels of operational efficiency, as well as lower emissions and lower maintenance.

This is an example of the ‘GE Store’ at work – when technologies and expertise are drawn from across the company. In this case aero derivative gas turbines technologies from GE Aviation are applied to the oil and gas industry.

Comments from GE Oil & Gas

Rami Qasem, President & CEO, GE Oil & Gas MENAT, said: “We are pleased to be providing technologically advanced GE Oil & Gas solutions for the prestigious TANAP project, and building partnerships and trust with SOCAR, BOTAS and BP. This marks a key milestone for GE Oil & Gas and underlines our long-term commitment to Turkey where GE has been driving several localisation initiatives as part of its US$900 million investment announced in 2012 in support of Turkey’s 2023 vision.”

He added: “the contract reiterates our commitment and proven track-record to support game-changer projects, such as TANAP that will not only support local economies through job creation and economic value but also strengthen the energy security of markets across Europe.”

The importance

With its facilities in four cities and almost 900 employees, GE today powers more than 50% of the electricity generated from natural gas in Turkey; 60% of the airplanes in the country have GE/CFM engines and some 15 000 GE healthcare technologies are used daily across various hospitals.

GE’s continued investments will further strengthen its partnerships in these key growth areas, and in turn, contribute to creating new opportunities for the Turkish people.

Edited press release by Stephanie Roker

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