Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Compressor (MCO) and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) have collaborated with ExxonMobil to develop and explore new applications of H-100 gas turbines.
The heavy-duty H-100 is a low-maintenance gas turbine that is designed to provide output in the medium range.
Through the partnership, the companies will focus on developing and exploring new applications for Mitsubishi's H-100 gas turbines as well as compressor technologies in a bid to reduce liquefied natural gas (LNG) unit costs.
The companies are aimed at reducing the complexity of LNG processing plants, lifecycle costs, and lowering plant emissions by making improvements to MHPS' existing two-shaft gas turbine technology.
MHI president and CEO Shunichi Miyanaga said: "Collaboration with ExxonMobil will offer us the benefit of the company's technical expertise, insights, and experience in LNG projects as we develop the next-generation of gas turbines: systems that will be even more efficient and cost-effective and will reduce emissions in LNG applications.
"We are very pleased that ExxonMobil has qualified MHPS' H-100 gas turbine technology for use in LNG facilities, and we look forward to continuing this work to further develop technology in order to reduce LNG costs, maximise plant operating rates, and provide stable operation over the long-term."
MHPS has recently launched full-scale operations at a newly completed gas turbine maintenance and repair plant, known as MHPS Saudi Arabia Repair Factory in Dammam.
The facility will function as a service base under an agreement concluded with Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco).
Image: H-100 gas turbine/compressors for LNG plant. Photo: courtesy of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.