New LTSA for Rolls-Royce
Rolls-Royce has signed a new Long Term Service Agreement (LTSA) with the Metragaz, affiliate of the Spanish group Natural Gas, worth US$21.4 million covering the maintenance of its RB211 gas compressor installations in Morocco, North Africa. The contract covers seven Rolls-Royce RB211 compressor sets installed on the 1375 km Maghreb natural gas pipeline linking North Africa to the Iberian Peninsula.
The LTSA will benefit the pipeline’s operator, Metragaz, on behalf of Europe Maghreb Pipeline Ltd (EMPL) the project leader of the Maghreb pipeline in Morocco and affiliate of the Spanish Group Gas Natural, by enabling Rolls-Royce to ensure maximum equipment availability and reliability through a six-year program of scheduled maintenance and technical support including a resident Rolls-Royce engineer. The Maghreb pipeline, which conveys natural gas from Algeria via Morocco to Spain and Portugal, began operations in 1996 with four RB211 gas compressor sets. In 2003 EMPL ordered three additional RB211s to enhance the pipeline’s performance.