Petrobras places $80 million genset order

Rolls-Royce announced yesterday that it has been awarded $80 million to supply seven power generation packages for Brazilian offshore projects currently being undertaken by Petrobras.

Rolls-Royce yesterday announced orders from Petrobras to supply seven power generation packages for service offshore Brazil. With this announcement, valued at $80 million, Rolls-Royce has now received orders for a total of 19 gas turbine generator sets for Petrobras offshore projects over the past three and a half years.

The most recent order includes seven RB211 genset packages, for the Marlim Sul (P-51) Floating Production Unit (FPU), and for a fixed repumping platform (PRA-1). P-51 is part of Petrobras’ development of the Marlim Sul field, located off the coast of Rio de Janeiro in the Campos Basin, Brazil’s most abundant oil production area, accounting for over 80 percent of the country’s total oil output.

The order for P-51, one of the world’s largest floating production units, includes two modules, each containing two RB211 6562 dual fuel gensets with waste heat recovery systems. The modules will provide electrical power for the FPU. P-51 will eventually connect to 19 different wellheads, 10 producing oil and gas and nine for water injection needed to keep pressure in the reservoir.

The order for PRA-1 is for a power generation module containing three RB211 6562 dual fuel gensets. As part of a master plan for oil flow and treatment, PRA-1 will serve as a central pumping facility for oil produced in the Marlim Sul, Marlim Leste and Roncador fields. The plan will streamline ship logistics for the transport of oil from the offshore platforms to Brazilian refineries.

Once completed, the 41,000-ton P-51 unit will have a daily capacity to process 180,000 barrels of oil, compress 6.0 million cubic metres of gas and inject 45 thousand cubic metres of water per day. PRA-1 is expected to have a re-pumping capacity of 815 thousand barrels per day. When fully operational, PRA-1 will collect and transport 40 per cent of current Brazil’s oil production. Commercial start-up for P-51 is scheduled for the 4th quarter.

The P-51 and PRA-1 gensets will be packaged at the Rolls-Royce facility in Liverpool, England. Deliveries of the modules are scheduled for the 2nd and 1st quarter, 2006.

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