Reducing Customers’ Carbon Footprint
Leading the Industry to a Low Carbon Future
In addition to reducing our own carbon footprint, a priority of BHGE’s strategy is to help reduce our customers’ carbon footprints. We believe that leadership in the energy transition to low-carbon solutions is both the right thing to do for the planet and is good business.
As a technology company, we are committed to developing and implementing solutions to help our customers reduce and one day reach net zero CO2 equivalent emissions from fuel combustion, flaring, venting and fugitives from specific assets and operations.
Many of BHGE’s existing technologies are now being deployed faster, more efficiently, and with less waste, all of which reduces carbon emissions. For example, the new Aptara™ suite of subsea solutions uses less material and is designed to be deployed faster with smaller vessels. These add up to significant reductions in emissions.
BHGE’s leading position in the global gas supply chain also directly contributes to the world’s move toward cleaner-burning natural gas as a substitute for coal, diesel and heavy oil. With more than 500 compressors and 400 gas turbines in LNG applications, we are the leader in global LNG liquefaction, an important offering as overall demand for gas increases.
Following are highlights from our technology portfolio of low-carbon solutions solving some of our customer’s toughest challenges:
- LUMEN: As part of our full-suite of methane monitoring and inspection solutions, LUMEN is capable of streaming live data from sensors to a cloud-based software for real-time results. Launched in January 2019, it is both a ground- and drone-based advanced methane detection and reduction system. When the system detects a methane leak, it will alert a central control system, the local operations team, or a BHGE remote monitoring center. Applications include drilling and production sites, compressor stations, underground storage facilities and others.
The LM9000 is the latest aeroderivative gas turbine from BHGE for LNG mechanical drive and power generation applications.
- LM9000 Gas Turbine: Introduced in 2017, the LM9000 is BHGE’s most advanced aeroderivative gas turbine and was designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for liquified natural gas (LNG) production plants. Compared to standard technology, the LM9000’s double spool architecture enables zeroing of venting at start up, its state-of the-art combustion system reduces NOx/megawatt emissions by 40%, and its high efficiency reduces overall CO2 equivalent/megawatt emissions by up to 25% compared to alternate turbines in its class, contributing to lower carbon LNG operations.
- Electric Frac: Many oil-producing shale basins yield excess natural gas, which is flared due to infrastructure constraints. BHGE is commercializing a series of high-efficiency, trailer-mounted gas turbines to power hydraulic fracturing fleets by converting flared field gas into electricity. Across North America, there are more than 500 frac fleets. The majority currently are powered by trailer-mounted diesel engines. Each fleet can consume up to 7 million gallons of diesel annually. Switching just one frac fleet from diesel to natural gas can reduce emissions by 24%, or 17,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent per year.