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Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), has signed an agreement for the provision of asset performance management (APM) software and services for LNG trains and related Balance of Plant (BoP) by Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG)

NLNGThis deal marks the first APM solution sold and executed in the LNG market in Sub-Saharan Africa by BHGE. (Image source: NLNG)

The announcement was made during BHGE’s UNIFY conference in Paris.

Under the agreement, BHGE will develop a solution aiming to enhance the performance of LNG trains at its gas liquefaction plant in Bonny Island, Nigeria. The company will provide its APM software services to reduce unplanned outages and trips for LNG trains, said BHGE.

Using APM software, BHGE aims to achieve 20 per cent reduction of trips on the LNG trains and related BoP within three years.

APM is a GE enterprise software solution that leverages sensors, connectivity, data and analytics, with an aim to improve the reliability and availability of the assets in a cost-effective way.

Within the LNG market, the digital solutions focus on enhancing production and performing predictive analysis on turbo machinery equipment and operations related to the balance of plant.

“APM and similar digital solutions are crucial to securing the future of operations within the oil and gas industry, particularly in the LNG market,” said Maria Sferruzza, president for LNG and global service for turbo machinery and process solutions in BHGE.

“This strategy, jointly developed with our partners in GE Digital and GE Power Services, shows how we can leverage strong links within the business to meet our customers’ needs,” Sferruzza added.

BHGE will also deploy its software services in a multi-year agreement that includes support from GE Power Services and GE Digital.

With NLNG, BHGE has had a contractual service agreement in place since 2003. NLNG is a LNG-producing company. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation holds 49 per cent share in NLNG, with Shell holding 25.6 per cent share, Total 15 per cent share and Eni holding 10.4 per cent share.