Most-Read Gas Compression News Items Of 2019

    2019 is behind us, and what a year it was – big acquisitions, new pipeline projects, large contracts for gas compression… the list goes on.

    We live in an age of algorithms, cookies, and all things digital tracking. Because of this, it is possible to see which news items attracted the most attention last year. Below you will find the top ten items posted to based on page views, along with a link to the original post so you can revisit the headline all over again.

    From all of us at Gas Compression Magazine, Happy New Year!


    1. Northeast Supply Enhancement Project Moves Forward

    The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued a favorable environmental impact statement for the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project, allowing the Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. (Transco) project to move forward.


    1. More Gas For US LNG Export

    The Gulf Connector Expansion Project has been placed into full service. The Williams project is a 475,000 dekatherm per day expansion of the Transco pipeline system in Texas and Louisiana, USA, providing service to Cheniere Energy’s Corpus Christi liquefaction terminal and Freeport LNG Development’s liquefaction project.


    1. Enter The Mako

    Production runs have begun on Genis Holding LLC’s G225 LE compressor package. Nicknamed “The Mako,” it represents a step change in gas compression packaging and introduces the industry to a new compressor and cylinder design, a new engine, a patent-pending cooling system, a web-connected control system, and process gas piping.


    1. Third Berth For Sabine Pass LNG

    Sabine Pass LNG (SPLNG) is seeking approval from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to construct and operate an expansion of the existing Sabine Pass liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility located in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, USA, on the Sabine Pass Channel.


    1. GE Fast-Tracks Exit From BHGE

    Anyone following GE’s recent stock performance knows that the former darling of Wall Street is in desperate need of cash. In June, GE began its exit from the oil and gas industry by selling off its Distributed Power business unit to Advent International for US$3.25 billion and announcing its intent to separate itself from Baker Hughes over the next two years (see August 2018 Gas Compression Magazine, p. 10).

    Five months later, the company has fast-tracked its exit from Baker Hughes, hoping to sell roughly 20% of its stake in the oilfield services giant by year-end and raise US$4 billion in the process, announcing new agreements with Baker Hughes on November 13


    1. Siemens Compressor For Arctic LNG-2 Project

    Siemens will supply compressor equipment for three liquefaction trains to Pao Novatek (Novatek) for its Arctic LNG-2 project. The scope of supply under the contract includes three feed gas compressors and six boil-off gas compressors.


    1. Mountaineer Xpress Begins Full In-Service

    The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved the full in-service of TransCanada’s Mountaineer XPress (MXP) project, allowing the company to increase the flow of gas on MXP and begin operating its Gulf XPress (GXP) project.


    1. Siemens Opens Pennsylvania Service Center

    Siemens has opened a new 300,000-sq.ft. (27,870 m2) service center in the Pittsburgh suburb of Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, USA. The US$32 million facility consolidates its Power Generation Services work, which was previously performed at two separate locations in the greater Pittsburgh area, the New Kensington Tooling Facility and Penn Hall Service and Development Center. The new facility specializes in field service maintenance, repairs, modifications, and the modernization of large-scale turbines and generators.


    1. Burckhardt Compression To Supply Gas Compressor Systems For Beaumont Refinery

    Burckhardt Compression will provide two 2B2X-1.31 make-up gas compressors, driven by 1400 hp (1044 kW) fixed speed electric motors, for ExxonMobil’s Beaumont Light Atmospheric Distillation Expansion Project. The expansion project at ExxonMobil’s Beaumont, Texas, USA, refinery includes a new 55 KBD diesel hydrotreater and will allow for refining of light crude oil from the Permian Basin in West Texas and New Mexico, USA.


    1. Advent International Completes Acquisition Of GE’s Distributed Power Business

    The US$3.25 billion sale of GE’s Distributed Power business to Advent International is complete. The stand-alone business has been rebranded as INNIO, a new energy company that includes the Jenbacher and Waukesha engine lines, digital platforms, and related service offerings. INNIO will serve as the company’s master brand, with Jenbacher and Waukesha maintaining their individual brand identities under the company’s business structure. Carlos Lange, who served as president of GE’s Distributed Power business, will lead INNIO as the company’s president and CEO.