Field/project development

Baker Hughes Tapped for Aramco's Master Gas System Hardware

The contractor will provide 17 pipeline centrifugal compressors for Aramco’s ongoing project in Saudi Arabia.

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Pipes in the desert waiting to be added to the Master Gas System.
SOURCE: Aramco

Baker Hughes has scooped an order by Worley, on behalf of Aramco, to supply gas technology equipment for the third phase of Saudi Arabia’s Master Gas System (MGS) project.

The contractor will supply 17 pipeline centrifugal compressors driven by aeroderivative gas turbines for Aramco’s project. The new 4000-km pipeline is expected to increase domestic gas distribution across Saudi Arabia and contribute to a reduction of carbon emissions and oil consumption.

The order follows the delivery of 18 Baker Hughes centrifugal compressors driven by aeroderivative gas turbines for Phase 1 and 2 of the project. This latest award was booked in the first quarter of 2024.

Aramco’s MGS project has its roots back in the 1970s with a desire to tap historically flared natural gas for domestic consumption. The next phase will increase the total MGS network capacity to 12.5 Bcf/D, more than the annual gas consumption of the UK and France combined, adding new pipeline assets across the East-West Pipeline corridor, and a new gas compression plant.

Baker Hughes is also investing in expanding its manufacturing site in Modon, Saudi Arabia. In addition to doubling the capacity of its workforce, the upgraded site will further support the delivery of projects in the country, including this new award, with localized testing and packaging solutions.

In February, Baker Hughes announced the delivery of the first two trains of advanced hydrogen compression solutions for the NEOM green hydrogen project in the Kingdom, the largest such project in the world, to produce green ammonia at scale in 2026.