Baker Hughes has been awarded a contract by Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering (MMHE) to supply carbon dioxide (CO2) compression equipment to Petronas Carigali Sdn. Bhd.’s Kasawari offshore carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) project in Sarawak, Malaysia.
Baker Hughes will deliver two trains of low-pressure booster compressors to enable CO2 removal through membrane separation technology, as well as two trains for reinjecting the separated CO2 into a dedicated storage site. The trains will be fitted with PGT25+ and PGT25 gas turbines. The compressors will be used to enable the transportation and reinjection of the CO2 separated from natural gas into a depleted offshore field via a subsea pipeline.
MMHE was awarded the engineering, procurement, construction, installation, and commissioning (EPCIC) contract in November 2022. The EPCIC contract includes the construction of a 14,000-metric tonne (MT) topside, a 15,000-MT 8-legged jacket of Kasawari CCS platform, and a bridge linking to the Kasawari Central Processing Platform. Upon completion, the platform will be installed in a water depth of 354 feet (108 meters), approximately 124 miles (200 km) offshore from the Petronus LNG Complex in Bintulu, Sarawak.
According to Petronas, once completed, the Kasawari CCS project will be the largest offshore CCS project in the world by volume of CO2 captured, with the ability to capture up to 3.3 million tonnes per annum of CO2. A total of about 71 to 76 million tonnes of CO2 from the Kasawari CCS project will be reinjected into the M1 field via pipeline, which is approximately 85 miles (138 km) away from the platform. Additionally, this facility will also be the world’s largest offshore platform fabricated to capture and store carbon. The Kasawari CCS project, the first ever CCS project in Malaysia, is scheduled to start up by the end of 2025 and will be part of the overall Kasawari Gas Development Project.
“This award demonstrates the viability of significant, commercial-scale carbon-capture projects, which are critical for the energy transition,” said Rod Christie, executive vice president of industrial and energy technology at Baker Hughes. “This project proves that CCS technology can be deployed even in challenging environments, including offshore gas facilities, and provides an important step forward for reducing emissions from natural gas production.”