NEW York-listed GE Oil & Gas has been selected to provide technology and capital to help expedite construction of the Freeport LNG gas liquefaction and liquefied natural gas export project in Southeast Texas.

GE is supplying the main refrigeration compressors, variable-speed drive electric motors and other electrical equipment for two customised LNG liquefaction trains, each of which will produce a base volume of 4.4 million tonnes per annum of LNG.

In addition, GE is providing financing to support the project through pre-construction engineering and design.

Freeport LNG is set to become the first world-scale electric liquefied natural gas (eLNG) plant in North America by using GE’s electric motor driven technology

“GE’s strong partnership and expertise have helped us address this project’s unique challenges, quickly,” Freeport LNG chief executive Michael Smith said.

“Through its innovative technology, financial expertise and ability to address environmental challenges in a cost-effective manner, GE is helping us to create the lowest air emissions and carbon footprint in the US LNG industry.”

GE will supply two liquefaction trains with an integrated solution consisting of six centrifugal compressors; six 75-megawatt synchronous electric motors; six variable speed drives; electrical equipment and integrated LNG plant and power grid modelling coordinated protection and control development, power quality evaluation and power system design verification studies.

The Freeport eLNG project is unique in electric power systems design and implementation. The plant will feature all-electric drive compression directly connected at the utility incoming transmission voltage level. The power systems engineering study and design for Freeport uses the deep power systems expertise of GE’s Energy Consulting team.

GE will build and package the refrigeration trains in Florence, Italy and tests will be conducted in Massa, Italy. They are due to be delivered in Texas in 2016 and be fully operational by 2017.