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GE and Total to initiate natural gas production project in Bolivia

06th February 2014

GE Oil & Gas will work with TOTAL S.A. to put in two of GE’s ecomagination qualified single-stage Integrated Compressor Line (ICL) units in Bolivia

GE will work with TOTAL to put in two ecomagination qualified single-stage Integrated Compressor Line (ICL) units

GE Oil & Gas has announced that TOTAL S.A. will put in two of GE’s ecomagination qualified single-stage Integrated Compressor Line (ICL) units to help expand natural gas development in Bolivia.

This is GE’s first project in Latin America with Total involving the advanced ICL compressor technology.

TOTAL will incorporate two single-stage ICL units for a new compressor station at the Incahuasi project in the Ipati-Aquio Block, a key new onshore project that will enhance natural gas development in Bolivia.

The Bolivian government intends to use the Incahuasi project as a way to increase natural gas reserves and comply with export contracts that it has with Brazil and Argentina.

Bernard Quoix, head of TOTAL E&P Rotating Machinery said that “The choice of this technology compared to conventional compressor equipment fully corresponds to TOTAL’s strategy of deploying integrated high-speed induction motor-driven compressor technology for upstream applications, whenever this is feasible, as it brings greater operational and environmental benefits, which is the case for our Incahuasi development activities.”

Developed by bothe GE Power Conversion and GE Oil & Gas, GE’s ICL compressor technology operates using a high-speed electric motor rather than a gas turbine. This enables it to generate zero emissions and presents crucial environmental benefits when compared to conventional compressors.

João Geraldo Ferreira, president and CEO for GE Oil & Gas Latin America revealed that “TOTAL selected our electric motor-driven compressors instead of using small gas turbines as the drivers based on operational benefits such as lower emissions, reliability and installation cost savings. We are pleased the first installation in Latin America of our ICL units will be for TOTAL’s Bolivian project.”


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