Rolls-Royce introduces new, higher powered, industrial gas turbine

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has announced the latest  model to its industrial RB211 family, the H63, a 44MW engine that will deliver at least 30 per cent more power, more efficiently than earlier models.

Developed and engineered utilising technology from the Group’s aero engines, the H63 will deliver significant operational and environmental benefits to customers.

The H63 will provide operators with an additional 11MW of power, higher fuel efficiency and operational flexibility. Combined, these features will earn for its owner a profit of $2 million from additional generating revenue of $7 million*.

The H63 will provide higher power and improved benefits to customers in both the electrical power generation and oil and gas industries and has the capability for further improvements, including power growth of up to 13 per cent.

Announcing the new development at the Power-Gen Europe exhibition and conference in Amsterdam, Steve Richards, Rolls-Royce, RB211 Product Director said, “The RB211-H63 integrates the reliability and ruggedness of our current RB211 gas turbines with the proven technology from the Group’s Trent aero engines to create the next evolution in the industrial RB211 gas turbine family. By combining the best features from the RB211 and Trent engines we are able to deliver an engine designed for reliable operation, ease of maintenance and quick installation and at the same time provide increased levels of efficiency and power.

“With versions of the RB211 now available in a power range from 29MW to a possible 50MW and industrial Trent models supplying from 51MW to 64MW in simple cycle and up to 107MW in combined cycle, Rolls-Royce has a wide range of high efficiency gas turbines capable of meeting customers’ operational requirements from peaking to base load power.”

The recent advances in the production of natural gas leads most analysts to forecast that there should be ample supply of affordable natural gas way into the future. Coupled with the fact that the fuel emits less carbon dioxide than other fossil fuels, means electric power operators in a carbon-constrained environment are likely to consider gas fired power stations.

In addition the ability of the H63 to start rapidly, follow load demand and its high cyclic life means it is a great compliment to renewable power generation sources which are inherently intermittent and unpredictable.  The RB211-H63 is a great fit for these applications.

The RB211-H63 WLE (Wet Low Emissions) will be ready to enter service in early 2012.  It is expected that the first sale will be for an onshore power installation.  The DLE (Dry Low Emissions) option will be made available from 2013.

* Based on base load operation, a fuel cost of $7/mmBTU, and grid energy price of $80/MWhr).

  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. As a result of this strategy, Rolls-Royce today has a broad customer base comprising more than 600 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 2,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in nearly 120 countries, with an installed base of 54,000 gas turbines.
  3. Rolls-Royce employs over 39,000 skilled people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in 50 countries. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment, and to further developing employee skills.
  4. In 2009, Rolls-Royce invested £864 million on research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental aspects of its products, in particular the reduction of emissions.
  5. Annual underlying revenues were £10.1 billion in 2009, of which about half came from services revenues. The firm and announced order book stood at £58.3 billion at 31 December 2009, providing visibility of future levels of activity.

About the industrial RB211:

  • Over 600 industrial RB211 engines have been sold worldwide to over 100 customers in 37 countries and they have achieved more than 26 million hours of operation.
  • Today’s fleet of RB211s includes a number of units that have completed more than 100,000 hours of operation. The longest serving industrial RB211 is on a pipeline in North America with over 187,000 hours, while another unit providing electrical power in the North Sea on an oil platform holds the current record for offshore service at over 146,000 hours.
  • First introduced in 1974 with a power rating of 24MW, the launch engine went into service with TransCanada PipeLines at their Burstall compressor station in Saskatewan. Today this major gas pipeline operator has 40 RB211s in service
  • The engine’s record for continuous operation has seen its role on gas pipelines expand. Today, it is providing the power to keep gas flowing on major pipelines in 19 countries
  • With continuous development, derived from various aero engine technological advances, the industrial RB211 has been steadily upgraded to the 32MW GT61 model.
  • Major fleets of RB211s operate in Canada (79 units), the UK (76 units), USA (36 units), Brazil (34 units), Malaysia (33 units), Azerbaijan, China and Nigeria (each with 28 units).
  • Industrial RB211 history:

    • The first version of the RB211 to be installed at Burstall in 1974 was the -22B.
    • In 1980 the -24A version went into service on the Amoco Indefatigable offshore platform in the North Sea.
    • In 1985 the -24C became operational with Shell on another offshore platform, this time in the Tern field.
    • Then in 1992 Statoil in Norway placed the -24G on their Oseberg offshore platform
    • The first DLE version of the RB211 was commissioned by Pacific Gas Transmission in November 1994, the world’s first aero derivative engine to be fitted with a DLE system
    • In 2001 the -24GT (now simply referred to as the RB211-GT) was introduced powering an electrical generating set with Carrico in Portugal. This version of the RB211 incorporates compressor and turbine technology from the Trent aero engine.
    • June 2010 sees the announcement of the H63 version with a rating of 44MW.

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