Rolls-Royce awarded gen set contract

Rolls-Royce has received an order for four gas turbine electrical generating sets from Agip KCO as part of a contract won in association with ABB.

The gen sets are for the Kashagan offshore oil field, which is owned by a group of partners led by Agip and located in the Caspian Sea, offshore from Kazakhstan. This new field, which is estimated to contain 32 billion barrels of oil, is one of the biggest oil deposits to be discovered in the last 30 years.

The RB211 gas turbine units, with a combined output of 120MW, are to be located on a new power generation barge being constructed for Agip by ABB at a shipyard in Malta. The vessel will provide the electrical power for the offshore field development.

Once complete, the 95 metre long barge will be towed into position in the Kashagan oil field located 80 km south of Atyrau in the Caspian Sea.

Tom Curley, President of the Rolls-Royce energy business said, “Winning this contract, in association with ABB, is of significant importance as it increases our presence in the oil-rich and strategically important Caspian region.

“Kazakhstan also represents a new territory for our Energy business. We have now sold gas turbines to operators in over 80 countries including Kazakhstan’s close neighbour, Azerbaijan”

Delivery of the gas turbine packages is scheduled for the third quarter of 2005, when they will be shipped by sea from the Rolls-Royce facility at Bootle, Liverpool, UK, to Malta for barge installation. Final delivery to the Caspian Sea is scheduled for July, 2006.

ABB is responsible for the engineering, procurement, fabrication, commissioning and start-up services of the complete barge.