Dubai: General Electric's oil and gas business will supply six gas turbines, equipped with dual fuel IGCC (integrated gasification combined-cycle) type combustion systems, to Qatar Shell GTL for the Pearl GTL (gas-to-liquids) project in Qatar's Ras Laffan Industrial City.

In addition to the 42-megawatt gas turbine-generators, the scope of GE's contract includes IGCC combustion engineering, combustion system lab testing, spare parts and training. The project marks the first time GE's oil and gas business will supply Frame 6 units with IGCC technology.

"Qatar's abundant natural gas supply makes it an ideal base for the rapidly growing GTL industry," said Mohammad Ayoub, Middle East General Manager for GE Oil and Gas.

"The technology also supports the environment by supplying a cleaner transport fuel, which has immense applications in practical life.

"Through our partnership with Qatar Shell GTL Ltd, GE is becoming part of a remarkable innovation which will have far-reaching positive impact on the environment and day-to-day lifestyle in future."

Design capacity

The gas turbines will be installed in the Pearl GTL plant in a cogeneration configuration that will produce 180 megawatts of power for use in the facility, which has a design capacity of 140,000 barrels per day of GTL products, including naphtha, GTL fuel, normal paraffins, kerosene and lubricant base oils.


What is Pearl GTL?

The Pearl GTL project includes the development of offshore natural gas resources in Qatar's North Field, transporting and processing the gas to extract natural gas liquids and ethane, and the conversion of the remaining gas into clean liquid hydrocarbon products through the construction of the world's largest integrated GTL complex.