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Rolls-Royce Turbines Power Offshore Platform

Posted on August 17, 2005

Rolls-Royce announced that a 14 500 tonne steel platform housing 10, Rolls-Royce RB211 industrial gas turbines has been successfully floated into its position in the Caspian Sea to assist in developing a major oilfield in the region. The RB211s, with their combined output of some 298 280 kW, will undertake a range of tasks in the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli oilfield. Together the RB211s will provide not only power generation for the platform but also the mechanical drives for the gas- and water-injection packages required to extract maximum reserves of oil.

Delivery of the compression and water injection platform (CWP) to its in-service position is a major milestone for Rolls-Royce in the supply of gas turbines for this project. The company has orders for 27, RB211 units to be installed in the Azeri field, both offshore and at its Sangachal land terminal in Azerbaijan. The total value of Rolls-Royce energy equipment ordered for this project exceeds US$230 million.

The Rolls-Royce units were installed on the CWP in a fabrication yard near Baku, Azerbaijan, in readiness for the platform to be floated into its place on schedule. The CWP will be capable of injecting one million barrels of water per day into the oilfield’s reservoir while collecting up to 28 million cubic meters of gas per day for compression and re-injection. The US$4.7 billion Azeri project, led by BP, is one of several major new or expanding Rolls-Royce energy applications globally.

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