Rolls-Royce upgrades for China’s West-East gas pipeline

Wednesday, 11 June 2008

A new gas turbine compression set and compressor upgrade, scheduled to be operational by the end of 2009, will increase the number of Rolls-Royce RB211 gas turbine compressor packages on China’s West-East Gas Pipeline Project (WEPP) to 16.

The contract for a third industrial RB211 gas turbine compression package at the Lunnan compressor station 1 was awarded by PetroChina West-East Pipeline Company earlier this year.

It includes upgrading two Rolls-Royce RFBB-36 gas compressors already operating at the on the 3,900 km/2,400 mile line from the West Gobi desert to Shanghai.

The WEPP pipeline extends from the Tarim basin across ten Chinese provinces and at its capacity of 17 bcm per year it delivers enough gas to satisfy the needs of more than 200 million people.

Tom Curley, President of the Rolls-Royce energy business, said: “We are very proud of our performance on the WEPP project, with all our equipment having been delivered on time, to schedule and on budget. This additional order confirms the confidence PetroChina has in Rolls-Royce and our equipment.”

Rolls-Royce announced the original order for 12 RB211 gas turbine compressor packages and five variable speed motor-driven compressor sets for Phase I of the project in February 2004. Three more RB211 gas turbine compressor packages and seven compressor upgrades were ordered in September 2005.

All 15 RB211 packages, five variable speed motor-driven compressor sets and seven compressor upgrades are operating successfully on the pipeline, where total Rolls-Royce operating experience now exceeds 160,000 hours, with one engine recording over 16,000 hours.

  1. The new RB211 compression package and the two compressor upgrades will be completed at the Rolls-Royce facility in Mount Vernon, Ohio, USA.
  2. Over 670 Rolls-Royce gas compression sets have now been ordered for 45 pipelines in 24 countries.
  3. Rolls-Royce pipeline compressors are among the most efficient available on the market. Over the last 50 years, over 850 units have been installed in pipeline applications around the world.
  4. Total operating hours of Rolls-Royce industrial gas turbines worldwide is over 160 million.
  5. Rolls-Royce annual sales were £7.4 billion in 2007, of which 55 per cent came from services revenues. The firm and announced order book at the end of 2007 stood at £45.9 billion, of which aftermarket services represent 30 per cent, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
  6. Rolls-Royce is the leading supplier of engines to China’s wide body aircraft fleet, with over 100 Rolls-Royce powered wide-body aircraft in service or on order. Including Hong Kong, Rolls-Royce and its associate company International Aero Engines have over 400 aircraft in service or on firm order. Rolls-Royce also has a marine manufacturing facility in Shanghai and a turbine component joint venture in Xian.

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