Rolls-Royce gas turbines to help BP boost UK gas supplies

Thursday, 11 October 2007

Rolls-Royce has signed a contract valued at more than $24 million to supply BP with two gas turbine mechanical drive packages for use at the Dimlington onshore compression facility on the east coast of England.

The two RB211-GT61 Dry Low Emissions (DLE) gas turbines will be an integral part of a £125 million investment BP is making in its southern North Sea business to increase recoverable gas reserves and create opportunities for further offshore development.

The two RB211 units will help reduce pipeline pressure between the offshore gas fields and the terminal, allowing the gas fields to increase production.

BP expects the remaining recoverable reserves in the West Sole and Amethyst fields to increase by around 30 per cent as a result of installing the two 44,000 horsepower Rolls-Royce units.

Dave Blackwood, Director of BP’s North Sea business said: “At a time when developing new gas resources in the UK is a great challenge, with low gas prices and rising development costs, this innovative project will make a valuable contribution to boosting indigenous gas reserves, sustaining production and extending the life of existing gas fields.”

Tom Curley, President of the Rolls-Royce energy business added: “This latest order extends our excellent close working relationship with BP. We are excited to be playing an integral part in this innovative project that will help maximise BP’s operations in the North Sea.”

The two new RB211 compression sets will be packaged at the Rolls-Royce facility in Mount Vernon, Ohio, USA, and are expected to be delivered in the first quarter of 2008.

  1. Each RB211-GT61 gas turbine will power Dresser-Rand Datum gas compressors.
  2. The two RB211 gas compressor sets at Dimlington will join eight other Rolls-Royce installations at major gas receiving terminals along the east coast of Britain.
  3. Nearly 140 Rolls-Royce industrial gas turbines operate on North Sea oil and gas platforms providing over three million horsepower. BP operates eleven including nine RB211s. In addition Rolls-Royce has supplied sixty engines, including fifteen RB211s, to power gas compression stations situated along the network of gas pipelines throughout Britain supplying gas to homes and industry.
  4. Over 670 Rolls-Royce gas compression sets have now been ordered or delivered for 45 pipelines in 24 countries.
  5. Rolls-Royce RB211 industrial gas turbines have over 20 million hours of operating experience worldwide.
  6. The Dimlington gas terminal is situated on the East Riding of the Yorkshire coast and is alongside the Easington terminal. Easington was the first to receive natural gas from the North Sea in 1967; Dimlington received its first gas in October 1988. Rolls-Royce has supplied five gas turbines to operators using the Easington terminal.

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