Driftwood LNG project in Louisiana awards key contract to energy services company Baker Hughes

Thursday, 30 June 2022
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Tellurian Inc., the developer of the Driftwood LNG export project in Louisiana, has awarded a contract to US oil and gas services company Baker Hughes for key equipment.

Baker Hughes has been awarded a contract by Driftwood Pipeline LLC, a subsidiary of Tellurian, to provide electric-powered Integrated compressor line technology and turbo-machinery equipment for several lines as part of a natural gas transmission project proposed for Beauregard and Calcasieu Parishes in southwest Louisiana.

Tellurian President and Chief Executive Octávio Simões said that the landmark project and technology would eliminate nearly all emissions for the proposed project.

“We value the expertise of Baker Hughes and look forward to partnering on delivering cleaner solutions for an energy-hungry world,” stated the Tellurian CEO.

Joey Mahmoud, President of Tellurian Pipelines, said that he anticipated the project would supply upwards of five and one-half billion cubic feet of natural gas daily, with virtually no emissions.

“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,” explained Mahmoud.


The Driftwood LNG export plant has permits to produce 27.6 million tonnes per annum of LNG and has 10-year offtake agreements with Shell North America and global commodities firms Vitol and Gunvor.

The Tellurian project involves constructing 20 mid-scale processing Trains, each with 1.38 MTPA of capacity, and built as five blocks of four Trains.

The Phase One development would include the first two of these blocks with 11 MTPA of output and two of three planned 235,000 cubic metres storage tanks and the first of three planned loading berths for LNG carriers.

Tellurian said that this contract marked the first time Baker Hughes would install its decarbonization technology for pipeline compression in North America.

“The project will initially include four 19 megawatt (MW) compressors and other turbo-machinery equipment for a total of four compressor trains, as well as a LM6000PF+ gas turbine for backup power for the initial phase of the pipeline project at Driftwood’s Indian Bayou Compressor Station,” said Houston-based Tellurian.

Rod Christie, executive vice president of turbo-machinery and process solutions at Baker Hughes, said that its customers around the world were seeking decarbonization solutions.

“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,” added Christie.

Baker Hughes said that its extended portfolio of technologies contribute to lower the carbon footprint across the natural gas supply chain, which is viewed by many as a critical path for the energy transition.

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