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Dresser-Rand to Supply Pipeline Compressors to Mexico

Source: 11/15/2016, Location: South America

The Dresser-Rand business, part of Siemens Power and Gas Division, received orders to supply five gas turbine-driven compressor trains for two pipelines in Mexico. The customer is the Mexican project developer Fermaca Enterprises (Fermaca). The parties also signed a 25-year long-term service agreement for these units. The compressor trains are expected to be commissioned in the winter of 2017, and both stations are planned to begin commercial operation in early 2018. In March of 2015, Siemens supplied three pipeline compressor trains for the El Encino station in Chihuahua, Mexico, also owned by Fermaca.

The compressor trains each consist of an STC-SV single-shaft compressor driven by a Siemens SGT-400 gas turbine. Two of the trains will be installed at a pipeline station in La Laguna, Coahuila, and the other three units will be part of a pipeline compressor station in Villa de Reyes, San Luis Potosi, Mexico. This order follows the El Encino La Laguna pipeline project, which was successfully completed with Fermaca and has given new impetus to the Mexican oil and gas industry. Siemens previously supplied three pipeline compressor trains with SGT-750 gas turbine drives.

"We are pleased to be selected as the compression solution supplier for this strategically important pipeline project in a highly competitive market," said Christopher Rossi, CEO of the Dresser-Rand business. "The successful execution of the El Encino project laid the groundwork for a trusting relationship with Fermaca and was an important factor in our receiving this follow-up order. We appreciate Fermaca's and the Mexican government's confidence in us to provide proven, leading-edge technologies that will enable the safe and efficient operation, maintainability, and reliability of these key assets."

All projects were launched within the framework of the Mexican government's ongoing energy reform program, which is intended to increase the availability of low-cost energy and stimulate the country's economic growth. The equipment will provide compression power for a 1,500 kilometer pipeline that will transport natural gas from the north to the center of the country, where it will feed several new, high-efficiency power plants and local industry.

"The choice of technology and, more importantly, supplier selection are critical elements for Fermaca's success and resilience," said Dr. Raul Monteforte, Chief Development Officer of Fermaca. "After a very long and complex evaluation process in acquiring these new Siemens units through the Dresser-Rand business, Fermaca is not only consolidating its competitiveness and reliability as a gas transporter in Mexico, but more strategically, we are cementing a long-term partnership with a world leader in compression technology."

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