Rolls-Royce awarded Brazilian contract

Rolls-Royce has recently received a contract worth $83 million from Petrobras Netherlands to supply two RB211 power generation modules for an offshore oil and gas production platform in Brazil.

Rolls-Royce has recently received a contract worth $83 million, which includes a Long Term Service Agreement, from Petrobras Netherlands (PNBV), a unit of the Brazilian state oil company, Petrobras, to supply two RB211 power generation modules for an offshore oil and gas production platform in Brazil.

Two RB211-6562 gensets, each with waste heat recovery systems, will be installed in each module. Both modules will then be positioned on P-52, a semi-submersible Floating Production Unit (FPU), to operate offshore in the Roncador field of the Campos Basin nearly 68 miles north of Rio de Janeiro. The two modules will provide the main power generation requirements for the FPU.

Campos Basin is Brazil’s most abundant oil production area, accounting for over 80 per cent of the country’s total oil output. The P-52 project involves the engineering and construction of a 180,000 barrels per day semi-submersible production platform. Operating in water depths of 1,800 metres, the platform is expected to have a production life of 20 years.

Rolls-Royce said in a statement that this latest contract builds on previous orders for eight Rolls-Royce RB211 gensets that will be used on the Petrobras Barracuda (P-43) and Caratinga (P-48) Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessels. Four RB211s will be installed on each FPSO to meet the entire power demands of each vessel. The P-52 order increases the number of Rolls-Royce RB211 genset units sold for Petrobras offshore projects to 12.

“Our ability to deliver turbo-generator packages that match the power requirements for each individual project has been a key factor behind our on-going success in the global offshore market,” said Tom Curley, President of the energy business of Rolls-Royce. “The Brazilian market is an increasingly important sector for our business, and we are delighted that Petrobras has once again selected Rolls-Royce equipment for their offshore requirements.”

The Rolls-Royce scope for the P-52 project includes the RB211 gensets and the modules that will house them. The gensets will be packaged at the Rolls-Royce facility in Liverpool, England, then shipped to Brazil for installation in the modules, with final shipment of the modules scheduled for the third quarter of 2005.

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