Rolls-Royce has signed a £11.2 million Long Term Service Agreement (LTSA) with Metragaz, affiliate of the Spanish group Natural Gas, covering the maintenance of their RB211 gas compressor installations operating in Morocco, North Africa.
The six-year programme of scheduled maintenance and technical support covers seven Rolls-Royce RB211 compressor sets installed on one of the world’s most important natural gas pipelines, the 1375km Maghreb line linking North Africa to the Iberian Peninsula.
The Maghreb pipeline, which conveys natural gas from Algeria via Morocco to Spain and Portugal, began operations in 1996 with four RB211 gas compressor sets.
In 2003 Europe Maghreb Pipeline Limited (EMPL) the project leader of the Maghreb pipeline in Morocco, ordered three additional RB211s as part of a programme to further enhance the pipeline’s performance.
These latest units provide a 50 per cent increase to the original 8.5 billion cubic metre annual capacity of the Maghreb pipeline, helping to meet increasing demand for gas in the Iberian markets.