GE Oil & Gas has signed a deal with Technip to supply two steam turbine-driven compressors for the Shell Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project off the coast of Western Australia.

The company will supply the compressors to Technip, which, along with South Korean yard Samsung Heavy Industries , won the $3bn Prelude engineering and construction contract.

The compressor trains will cool natural gas to a liquid state on the FLNG unit, which will be positioned at the Prelude field, 200km off the Kimberly coast.

GE did not disclose the value of the deal, but the company said that it takes the value of new contract awards for GE in 2011 to $1bn.

The Shell Prelude FLNG facility will measure 488m from bow to stern, weigh around 600,000t when fully loaded and will contain 260,000t of steel.