Rolls-Royce gas turbines successfully enter service at new EDF Luminus Plant in Belgium

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, announced today that two of the Group's Trent 60 gas turbines have successfully entered service at the new EDF Luminus power plant located at Angleur in the city of Liège, Belgium.

The Trent 60 gas turbines, each capable of producing 64 megawatts (MW) of power, can achieve fast start-up in just nine minutes, helping EDF Luminus deliver continuity of electricity supply to households and businesses in Liège during peak demand periods.

Grégoire Dallemagne, CEO of EDF Luminus said: "We selected Rolls-Royce power generation technology due to its proven high-power, fast start-up capabilities. In addition, the Rolls-Royce gas turbines deliver significant emissions performance benefits, helping EDF Luminus to ensure that Liège has stable access to cleaner and more efficient electricity supply."

Tom Sacco, Rolls-Royce, Executive Vice President, Power Generation – Energy, said: "We are delighted to meet EDF Luminus' power generation requirements with two Trent 60 gas turbines that will help deliver a stable and efficient electricity supply to their customers all over in Belgium and especially to the local community in Liège, Belgium."

The Rolls-Royce Trent 60 units can operate on either liquid or gas fuel and each feature wet low emissions (WLE) and advanced inlet spray inter-cooling (ISI) technologies to reduce emissions and ensure that maximum power output is maintained over a wide range of temperatures.

The Angleur power plant was officially inaugurated by Melchior Wathelet, Belgium's Secretary of State for Environment, Energy, Mobility and Institutional Reform.

  1. Rolls-Royce is a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, and has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
  2. As a result of this strategy, Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising more than 500 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 4,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in more than 80 countries.
  3. Annual underlying revenues were £11.3 billion in 2011, of which more than half came from the provision of services. The firm and announced order book stood at £62.2 billion at 31 December 2011, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
  4. Rolls-Royce employs 40,400 people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in over 50 countries. Over 11,000 of these employees are engineers.
  5. In 2011, Rolls-Royce invested £908 million on research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental performance of its products, in particular reducing emissions.
  6. Rolls-Royce supports a global network of 28 University Technology Centres, which connect the company’s engineers with the forefront of scientific research.
  7. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills.
  8. EDF Belgium owns a 63.5% stake in EDF Luminus, Belgium’s second largest gas and electricity supplier. With 1,986 MW of installed capacity, EDF Luminus accounts for 13% of domestic electricity output and supplies 1.7 million customers. EDF Luminus also operates on national and international energy markets through buying and selling gas and electricity.
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