Rolls-Royce supplies gas turbines to Nigerian offshore fields with $150M contracts from TOTAL

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Rolls-Royce will deliver a further eight RB211 industrial gas turbines for Nigeria’s offshore oil and gas fields this year as part of contracts worth $150 million from TOTAL.

These units, for a Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel in the Usan field and a fixed offshore platform in the Ofon field, bring the total number of RB211s ordered by TOTAL for offshore Nigeria to 19.

Six of the RB211 gas turbine packages will be electrical generating sets, three for each field, to provide up to 160MW of electrical power for the new installations. All of the packages will also feature exhaust mounted waste heat recovery units.

The remaining two sets will be gas compression packages to export gas to another facility or to re-inject gas into the oil field to enhance oil recovery in the Usan field

Tom Curley, President of the Rolls-Royce energy business, said: “We are expanding our offshore presence in Nigeria with TOTAL through the RB211, which has established itself as a world leader for operation on platforms and FPSOs. There are now over 250 RB211s in worldwide offshore operation.”

The new Usan oil field, 100 kilometres southeast of Bonny Island in water depths ranging from 750 to 850 metres, is scheduled to become operational in 2012, when production will be in the region of 180,000 barrels of oil per day.

Phase two of the Ofon oil field development will allow an increase in oil output from 25,000 barrels per day to around 100,000 in 2011. The gas produced from the Ofon field will be piped to the Amenam complex.

The packages for Usan and Ofon are due for delivery to the module fabrication yards by the fourth quarter of 2009.

  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. It has energy customers in 120 countries.
  2. Annual sales in 2008 totalled £9.1 billion, of which 52 per cent were services revenues, providing visibility of future levels of activity. The firm and announced order book is a record £55.5 billion
  3. Orders from TOTAL for RB211s are for the following fields: Usan (5 units), Ofon (3 units), Akpo (6 units) and Amenam - phases 1 and 2 (5 units).
  4. Rolls-Royce has now received orders for 34 RB211s to operate offshore West Africa: 26 from operators offshore Nigeria, and eight by operators offshore Angola.
  5. Rolls-Royce has a fleet of over 550 industrial gas turbines, including RB211s, operating offshore in 32 countries with a total of over 30 million hours of operation. The first units entered service offshore Venezuela in 1969, offshore USA in 1970, the North Sea in 1972 and offshore Nigeria in 2004.
  6. The RB211 engines will be manufactured at the Rolls-Royce plant in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and packaging of the electrical generating sets and gas compression units will take place at the Company’s Mount Vernon, Ohio facility.

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