Rolls-Royce wins $64 million contracts to supply offshore gas turbines

Thursday, 11 October 2007

Rolls-Royce, a world-leading provider of power systems and services, has signed contracts worth more than $64 million to supply RB211-powered gas compression packages to Shell, ExxonMobil and Woodside Energy for use on offshore production platforms.

The units will be operating offshore Australia, Malaysia and Nigeria and will join existing Rolls-Royce industrial gas turbines already in service with these companies.

The largest contract, for three RB211-GT61 packages, from Woodside Energy of Australia, is for the continuing development of their North West Shelf venture, the country’s largest resource project.

Each of the three packages will provide 44,000 horsepower of compression power on the North Rankin platform to help increase the flow of gas to Australia’s largest onshore gas plant at Karratha, which already supplies about 65 per cent of Western Australia’s gas demand.

The three units will join another RB211 that has been in operational service on Woodside Energy’s Goodwyn platform, since 1991.

Shell, a pioneer in Malaysia’s offshore exploration and production sector, has placed an order for two RB211-G62 compression units for service on their B11 and F23 platforms offshore Sarawak. The 39,600 horsepower sets will help Shell increase the recovery of gas from their offshore developments, which will extend the life of the fields.

Rolls-Royce has already installed 28 RB211 packages offshore Malaysia including a single unit to Shell for their massive E11 gas project.

The third contract, for ExxonMobil via Siemens, is for a single RB211-G62 gas turbine for the East Areas offshore development in Nigeria. It will join 18 RB211 packages in offshore service in the region supplying power for gas compression and electrical generation.

Tom Curley, President of the Rolls-Royce energy business said: “Repeat business from three of the world’s major oil and gas producers is the seal of approval for the industrial RB211 gas turbine package in the offshore sector. Its low weight, extremely small footprint and high reliability are vital to offshore operations.”

All six units will be packaged at the Rolls-Royce facility in Mount Vernon, Ohio, with scheduled deliveries between the first quarter of 2008 and the first quarter of 2009.

  1. More than 600 Rolls-Royce industrial gas turbines are operating in the Asia Pacific region, providing reliable service to drive the region’s expanding energy industries.
  2. The largest concentration of Rolls-Royce industrial gas turbines in Asia is in Malaysia where a fleet of 45 units provide power for both the oil & gas and electrical power generation sectors. Thirty-six of the engines are operating on offshore platforms.
  3. Rolls-Royce has now received orders for 26 RB211s to operate offshore West Africa: 18 from Total and Exxon Mobil for use offshore Nigeria; eight by operators offshore Angola.
  4. Contracts include two 40,000 horsepower RB211 gas compression packages for the East Areas fields, some 32km offshore Nigeria. These two units will work alongside five RB211 units ordered in 2003 for the East Areas additional oil recovery project.
  5. An RB211 power generation package is also being supplied for phase two of the Amenam platform offshore Nigeria, supplementing four similar units in gas compression and power generation duties on the nearby Amenam phase one platform.
  6. Rolls-Royce has a fleet of over 550 industrial gas turbines operating offshore in 32 countries. The first units entered service offshore Venezuela in 1969, offshore USA in 1970 and the North Sea in 1972.
  7. Total operating hours of Rolls-Royce industrial gas turbines worldwide is over 160 million.

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