Tellurian Commissions Baker Hughes for Driftwood Pipeline Project

HOUSTON— Baker Hughes was awarded a contract to provide electric-powered Integrated Compressor Line (ICL) decarbonization technology and turbomachinery equipment for an upcoming natural gas transmission project by Driftwood Pipeline LLC, a subsidiary of Tellurian Inc., according to a press release on June 29.

“We anticipate the project will supply upwards of five and one-half billion cubic feet of natural gas daily, with virtually no emissions,” Joey Mahmoud, President of Tellurian Pipelines, said. “Tellurian is doing its part by making this initial $240 million pipeline investment as part of the broader Driftwood Pipeline system which will provide enhanced supply reliability to meet the area’s projected industrial growth in a cleaner, more sustainable manner.”

The project, Lines 200 and 300, was proposed to be located in Beauregard and Calcasieu Parishes in southwest Louisiana and will be the first time Baker Hughes installs its ICL technology for pipeline compression in North America.

Lines 200 and 300 will include an initial four ICL compressors producing 19 megawatts each and other turbo machinery equipment, totaling in four compressor trains. Additionally, the project will include a LM6000PF+ gas turbine for backup power at Driftwood's Indian Bayou Compressor Station.

“Our zero-emissions ICL technology is already reducing the climate footprint of pipeline projects in many regions that deliver vital gas supplies, and now we are bringing it to North America, a region crucial to meeting global natural gas demand,” Rod Christie, executive vice president of turbomachinery & process solutions at Baker Hughes, said.

Baker Hughes has deployed over 50 ICL units across a variety of pipeline and offshore applications, primarily in Europe. The compressors offer a reduced environmental footprint due to their hermitically sealed casing preventing emissions escaping. Additionally, they require minimal downtime due to magnetic bearings, resulting in more efficient operations and minimized maintenance.

The company's ICL units, in addition to its extended technology portfolio, contribute to its mission to lower the carbon footprint across the natural gas supply chain.

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