Rolls-Royce has recently been awarded a $30 million follow-on order for industrial gas turbines in Thailand. The new order is for two Avon electrical generator sets and one RB211 Dry Low Emission (DLE) compressor package.
The units have been ordered by Samsung Engineering Co Ltd on behalf of the Petroleum Authority of Thailand (PTT) to provide additional power for PTT’s Mab Ta Phut, Rayong, gas plant.
The gas separation plant, designated GSP5, is being expanded by PTT and is scheduled to start operation in November 2004. To meet this date the Rolls-Royce equipment, which is being manufactured at the Mount Vernon facility in the USA, will be delivered later this year and in early 2004.
PTT will now operate three different Rolls-Royce gas turbine models available for use in the gas production industry, namely the 501, Avon and RB211. They currently have nine units installed at Mab Ta Phut (Rayong), six for gas compression duty and three in electrical power generation service.
One of the first projects in Thailand to benefit from the increased supply of natural gas from the GSP5 plant is a major network supplying gas for power plants and other industries in Thailand. The company also plans to expand the scheme to include settlements along the PTT gas pipeline network.
With natural gas consumption in Thailand set to rise by eight per cent each year from its current level of 2.5 billion cubic feet per day, PTT will also be in a position to meet demand from a range of heavy industrial projects planned for the region. Among these are a liquid petroleum gas separation plant, a fertiliser production complex and extensive petrochemical facilities.