Rolls-Royce wins Trent 60 business in eight countries

Thursday, 5 June 2008

Rolls-Royce announced today at the Power-Gen Europe show in Milan that customers in eight countries had selected Trent 60 engines, including orders for three additional Trent 60 electrical generating sets from two existing customers in Belgium and Australia.

Energy companies in Hungary, the Czech Republic, the UK, Russia, the US and New Caledonia in the South Pacific Ocean have confirmed reservations for 27 Trent 60 engines. When all the reservations become firm contracts, the potential value of business at today's list prices exceeds $500 million, including the orders from Belgium and Australia.

SPE in Belgium, which is currently installing two Trent 60-powered genset packages ordered in 2006 for its Ham power station near Ghent, has selected two additional Trent 60 Wet Low Emissions (WLE) dual fuel machines for the Angleur power station, near Liège, Wallonia.

Babcock and Brown Power (previously Alinta Energy) in Australia has ordered a second Trent 60 dual-fuel unit to provide power for a remote iron ore mine operated by the Anglo-Australian mining company BHP Billiton, the world’s largest mining company, at the Newman mining township in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Two US power project development companies have reserved 18 Trent 60 WLE dual fuel engines for new power generation projects they will be undertaking in the Northeastern part of the country.

The largest single number of engine reservations - ten in total – is from an energy company based in Baltimore, for which final installation locations have not yet been released. An East Coast energy marketer has specified eight engines.

Reservations for the remaining nine engines are from electrical utilities and power project companies in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Russia, - these would be the first Trent units for Central Europe - the UK and the French territory of New Caledonia in the South Pacific.

Charlie Athanasia, Vice-President of Power Generation for the Rolls-Royce energy business said: ”These worldwide customers have expressed their interest in the Trent because of its high simple cycle efficiency and power density. This translates into lower operating and installation costs thus enhancing to total life cycle value to our customers.

”We have now sold or received reservations for Trent units to operators in 17 countries. The Trent 60 not only provides the extra power valued by our customers, but its lower emissions levels will benefit the environment.”

Customers in Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Qatar and Sharjah have also ordered Trent power packages.

The Trent 60 engine has been developed for power generation and mechanical drive applications from the three-shaft Trent 800 aero engine, which produces up to 95,000 lb thrust. It draws on the experience of more than 11 million hours of commercial airline operation accumulated by nearly 450 Trent 800 engines, and by over 26 million hours achieved by all versions of the Trent aero engine.

About the Trent 60

  1. The Trent 60 gas turbine contains a high degree of commonality with its aero parent, benefiting from the three-shaft technology, a concept unique to Rolls-Royce. The engineering principle behind the three shaft design involves low pressure (LP), intermediate pressure (IP) and high pressure (HP) systems, each comprising a number of compressor and turbine stages mounted on independent shafts, which can run at their optimum aerodynamic speeds. As a guide, the Trent 60 LP system will operate at 3,000 or 3,600 rpm, the IP system at 7,500 rpm and the HP system at 10,000 rpm
  2. The key difference between the Trent 60 and aero Trent 800 is the removal of the aero engine’s large wide-chord fan driven by its own LP turbine at the rear of the engine. It is replaced with a new two-stage LP compressor with variable inlet guide vanes. The Trent 60 engine retains the core of the aero engine – the IP and HP compressors and turbines.
  3. Producing up to 64MW of electric power in simple cycle service at 42 per cent efficiency, the Trent 60 has set new standards in power output and fuel economy, producing higher thermal efficiency and output power than previous aero- derived machines.
  4. The Trent 60 acts as a direct drive to the electrical generator rotating at 3,600 rpm for 60 Hz and at 3,000 rpm for 50 Hz. Operating as a direct drive unit eliminates the need for a separate free power turbine and a main reduction gear while reducing component costs. The changeover from 60 Hz to 50 Hz requires only a change to the LP compressor blades; there is no external difference between the versions.
  5. The engine is designed to meet stringent environmental requirements and is available with a Dry Low Emissions (DLE) or Wet Low Emissions (WLE) combustion system. In addition, Inlet Spray Intercooling (ISI) can also be incorporated to increase the power output up to 64MW. This system uses a spray of water at the intake to reduce the engine temperature across the three stages of compressor.
  6. Incorporating the Trent 60 engine into a self contained package for electrical generation or mechanical drive applications offers operators rapid on-line power in a modular package at a low initial cost. Designed with a modular concept, it allows not only for quick installation but also for ease of maintenance in the field.
  7. Trent 60 powered genset packages are operating in electrical utility and co-generation base load applications where operation is in excess of 8000 hours a year. The peaking and mid-merit electrical utility markets are also covered.

About Rolls-Royce, Babcock & Brown Power, SPE

  1. Rolls-Royce, a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
  2. With over 160 million hours of operating experience, over 4,000 Rolls-Royce industrial gas turbine packages have been ordered by customers in nearly 80 countries.
  3. Rolls-Royce is working hard to improve the environmental impact of its products. Each year, in collaboration with its partners, it 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.
  4. 2007 annual sales total were £7.4 billion, of which 55 per cent related to aftermarket service revenues. The order book at December 2007 was £45.9 billion, which together with demand for services, provides visibility as to future levels of activity.
  5. Babcock & Brown Power (previously Alinta Energy) is a specialist infrastructure entity, which provides investors access to a ‘pure play’ electricity generation portfolio. BBP’s investment strategy seeks to provide attractive cash yield and long term capital growth. BBP’s portfolio consists of seven operating power stations consisting of base load, intermediate and peaking power stations. Further power stations are under construction.
  6. SPE is the second largest energy producer and supplier in Belgium, operating electricity plants, windmill parks, hydropower plants and biomass and biogas installations at 21 sites in Flanders and Wallonia. The group supplies electricity and gas to both the residential and commercial market under the Belgian brand name of Luminus.

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