GE Oil & Gas has been awarded a contract to provide gas turbines for the Motiva Port Arthur Refinery Expansion Project, which will create the largest refinery in the United States and one of the top 10 in the world. This will mark the first U.S. installation of the Frame 6B generator packages manufactured by GE Oil & Gas.
The GE Frame 6B gas turbines for this expansion are rated at 42.1 megawatts each and will be used to power a variety of refinery processes. The units were produced at GE Oil & Gas facilities in Florence, Italy, and have arrived on site in Texas.
GE Oil & Gas' Frame 6B gas turbine-generator offers proven reliability and is one of the most versatile and widely used gas turbines ever manufactured, with more than 900 units in service worldwide.
"The large power capacity of Frame 6B gas turbines, plus our ability to customize the gas turbine packages to meet the specific needs of the Motiva refinery expansion, was key to our winning this contract," said Claudi Santiago, president and chief executive officer of GE Oil & Gas. "Motiva wanted a solution that was engineered to order, reducing the need for future modifications onsite."
The Frame 6B's strong performance record is another capability, as the refinery's Gulf Coast location is susceptible to hurricanes and having a reliable supply of energy onsite was important. The GE gas turbines will be equipped with dry low emissions technology, which will help Motiva reach its goal of reducing emissions by mitigating the emissions produced during the combustion process.