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Rolls-Royce Avon Hits Milestone

Posted on April 3, 2009

An upgraded Rolls-Royce industrial gas turbine has achieved more than 100 000 hours of faultless operation, the company said. The Avon 200 life extension upgrade, which is designed to deliver increased power, efficiency and component life, was launched in 2007. Forty engine kits have been ordered by operators in nine countries and 18 of these have now been delivered.

The industrial Avon is one of the most successful industrial aero-derivative gas turbines ever built, according to the company, accumulating more than 60 million operating hours in the oil and gas and power generation industries. Total orders exceed 1200 units, with more than 800 still in service worldwide.

Avon 200 upgrades are suitable for the Avon 1533, 1534 and 1535 models. The Avon 200 can deliver 8.9% more power and 4.4% better thermal efficiency. It provides extended mean times between overhauls (from 30 000 hours to 36 000 hours) if operated at the current base rating. In addition, improved mechanical design helps to reduce life-cycle costs. When operating at the enhanced or current base rating, significant reductions in CO and CO2 emissions can also be expected.

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