E has announced an order for fast, and flexible power from Yemeni state-owned Masila Petroleum Exploration and Production Company (PetroMasila), which operates the exploration and production of oil in Yemen. Many oil field operators who flare associated gas - natural gas found in a mixture with crude oil within a reservoir - are making the investments necessary to reduce flaring and lower related emissions. The order includes a trailer-mounted GE TM2500 aeroderivative gas turbine. The TM2500 unit will be installed at Block 14 in the Hadramout region and will be capable of providing up to 34 megawatts (MW) at the site’s conditions.
The TM2500, a “power plant on wheels” will be powered using previously flared associated gas to support PetroMasila’s oil exploration and extraction processes—creating electricity from excess gas. Once interconnected to the local grid, about over half of the electricity produced from the unit at Block 14 will be delivered to the grid, providing electricity needed to power homes in Yemen that currently suffer blackouts. The TM2500 unit is expected to achieve commercial operation in 2023.
GE’s highly efficient and flexible TM2500 unit will help PetroMasila to meet its power generation plans by utilizing previously flared associated gas and eliminate the use of diesel, a higher emitting and expensive fuel. Flaring of associated gas is not only an economic waste but also leads to environmental pollution, as it contains methane and hydrocarbons which contribute to increasing greenhouse gases globally.
In 2021, according to the World Bank’s 2022 Global Gas Flaring Tracker Report, 144 billion cubic meters of gas was burnt in flares at upstream oil and gas facilities across the globe, resulting in approximately 400 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent emissions. By utilizing the gas that is currently being flared, the world could make significant progress towards much needed energy security from a readily available source.
The announcement comes on the heels of previous three TM2500 units installed at Block 10 in East Shabwa region of Yemen in 2022. The new units replaced diesel generators, that not only generated 50% more emissions than the gas turbines, but also ran on expensive imported diesel fuel
“PetroMasila is committed to supporting the Yemeni economy by efficiently developing the country’s hydrocarbon resources, and also by taking steps to secure reliable power for the people living in the regions where we operate,” said Mohammed Bin Sumait, General Manager of PetroMasila. “We valued both the long-term and successful collaboration with GE throughout many years. GE’s commitment to move the needle on carbon intensity by providing leading, flexible technology that will help us to reduce our emissions footprint in the future while helping ensure the fast delivery of much needed power for the people in Yemen, is greatly appreciated. Ending routine flaring at our oil production site is vital, both to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to conserve gas for the generation of electricity in communities which rely on less-sustainable fuels, like diesel, for their energy needs.”