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Gas turbine receives mechanical drive qualification

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Packaged for mechanical drive applications under the partnership of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI), Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Ltd (MHPS) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Compressor Corp. (MCO), the 119.9MW H-100 gas turbine has achieved full qualification status by Shell's Technical team, based in The Hague.

Gas turbine receives mechanical drive qualification

MHPS embarked on a rigorous testing regime to validate the mechanical drive performance of its two-shaft 119.9MW H-100 gas turbine, equipped with a low NOX combustion system, in August 2017.

After successful completion of testing protocol and a detailed technical review by a qualification team, Shell announced its official qualification of the MHPS gas turbine on 22 December 2017. This followed Shell's earlier qualification of the MHPS 107.7MW H-100 gas turbine in 2015. Shell has already qualified Mitsubishi Compressors by Enterprise Frame Agreement effective in 2011, clearing the way for MHPS and MCO to supply all components for future Shell LNG compression systems.

Upon receiving notification from Shell, MHI President and CEO, Shunichi Miyanaga commented: “This milestone in the continued development of the H-100 gas turbine underscores Mitsubishi's competitiveness as the main driver for world-scale LNG liquefaction trains and complements the H-Series strong position in the thermal power plant market. Our goal is to provide our customers with high reliability and productivity, while reducing emissions, complexity, and the overall cost of LNG production.”

The H-100 offers high efficiency and reliability with low-maintenance. Benefits of the two-shaft gas turbine for LNG mechanical drive applications include a broad variable-speed operating window, train restarts under settle-out pressure. The gas turbine also adds the benefit such as shortened start-up time and a significantly reduced plot size.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Group will further integrate and expand the diverse product and technology lineup of its energy and oil and gas business to meet market needs.

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