Rolls-Royce wins first Central Europe contracts for Industrial Trent

Monday, 29 September 2008

Two of Central Europe’s leading electrical power providers are the first customers in the region for Rolls-Royce Trent 60 generating sets, which will provide peak-time electrical power to Bratislava in Slovakia and to Prostejov in the Czech Republic.

PPC Energy a.s. of Slovakia, and Moravia Energo in the Czech Republic have selected the Wet Low Emissions (WLE) version of the industrial Trent 60 engine to provide cleaner energy at a lower cost as part of their modernisation programmes.

Charlie Athanasia, Vice-President of Power Generation for the Rolls-Royce energy business said: "The industrial Trent has now been selected as the recommended gas turbine for power generation projects around the world.

“Project developers continue to express a high level of interest in the Trent with its high simple cycle efficiency and industry leading power density in its class. This translates into lower operating and installation costs as well as enhanced total life cycle value for our customers.”

The Moravia Energo installation, at a green field site southeast of Prague, will operate at times of peak demand, in addition to providing grid support.

The Trent 60 for PPC will be installed at an existing power station to provide 58,000kWe to Slovakia at times of peak demand, when electrical power is required quickly for short periods of time, up to three or four hours.

The Trent 60 engines will be manufactured at the Rolls-Royce plant in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and packaging of the generating sets will take place at the company’s Mount Vernon, Ohio facility.

Delivery of both units is scheduled for mid-2009, with the first electricity being produced during the first quarter of 2010.

  1. Rolls-Royce has now sold or received reservations for Trent 60 units in 18 countries. The Trent 60 not only provides the extra power valued by customers, but its lower emissions levels will benefit the environment. It is capable of starting and achieving full load within ten minutes.
  2. The contracts bring to nine the number of Rolls-Royce gas turbines on order or operating in Central Europe. A combined cycle heat and power (CHP) plant at the new Levice industrial park in Slovakia, powered by two Rolls-Royce DLE (Dry Low Emission) RB211 gas turbines, entered service earlier this year under a contract with ADATO.
  3. Slovakia’s gas company, SPP, operates five RB211 gas turbine mechanical drive packages at natural gas compressor stations situated along a gas pipeline running from Ukraine to Germany.
  4. In Central Europe, Rolls-Royce is headquartered in Prague in the Czech Republic. It has a marine production facility in Poland, where approximately 370 people are employed, and a marine service centre in Croatia. Rolls-Royce also has a number of supplier agreements with companies in the Czech Republic, Poland and Romania.
  5. More than 300 Rolls-Royce aero engines are in service in the Central European region. They power a broad range of civil and military fixed-wing and rotary aircraft, including passenger aircraft flown by LOT Polish Airlines and Malev Hungarian Airlines, helicopters flown by the Polish Air Force and military transport aircraft that are either in service or due to come into service with the air forces of Bulgaria, Poland and Romania.
  6. Rolls-Royce is the world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air. It operates in four global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
  7. Rolls-Royce invests over £800 million on research and development, two thirds of which has the objective of reducing the environmental impact of its products. The primary technology investment area is aimed at reducing noise and emissions.
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