Tellurian contracts Baker Hughes for Driftwood LNG liquefaction equipment

Sept. 6, 2023
Tellurian Inc., Houston, signed a deal with Baker Hughes to secure equipment for its proposed Driftwood LNG liquefaction plant near Lake Charles, La.

Tellurian Inc., Houston, signed a deal with Baker Hughes to secure equipment for its proposed Driftwood LNG liquefaction plant near Lake Charles, La.

The service company agreed to supply eight main refrigerant compression packages (eight LM6000PF+ gas turbines, main refrigerant compressors, and control units) required for Phase 1 of the proposed 27.6-million tonnes/year (tpy) liquefaction plant.

Baker Hughes is also on schedule to complete, by early next year, fabrication of the electric-powered, zero-emissions Integrated Compressor Line (ICL) packages and other turbomachinery equipment for Driftwood Pipeline 200 to supply the Driftwood LNG plant, following the award in 2022 (OGJ Online, July 1, 2022).

Tellurian’s multiphase proposed pipeline project, Line 200 and Line 300, is a $1.28-billion, 37-mile, dual 42-in. OD interstate natural gas pipeline system that will originate near Ragley in Beauregard Parish and end near Carlyss in Calcasieu Parish. Line 200 (Phase 1) envisages one compressor station and 11 interconnects to transport about 2.4 bcfd of flowing gas, according to a Tellurian website.

Initial LNG production from the Driftwood LNG plant is targeted for 2027. Site work is currently under way, with Bechtel having completed the piling and compressor foundations for Driftwood LNG’s first plant.

Despite contractual challenges, the 11-million tpy, 2-plant Phase 1 portion of the project—estimated to reach development costs of $14.5 billion—is progressing, Tellurian said in an August 2023 corporate presentation (OGJ Online, Aug. 7, 2023; Sept. 23, 2022).