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Petrobras Selects Rolls-Royce for New Brazilian Gas Projects

Posted on June 12, 2008

Brazilian oil and gas company, Petrobras, is due to receive three Rolls-RoyceRB211-G62 electrical generating sets that were ordered last year for its new Caraguatatuba gas receiving and treatment station in the fourth quarter of this year. Power from the 29 MW units will be used to drive electric motor driven gas compressors to move gas received from the Mexilhão offshore field, located in the Santos Basin, into the São Paulo State gas network.

The offshore platform in the Mexilhão field will also use Rolls-Royce equipment. Three 5.3 MW generating sets, powered by the Rolls-Royce 501 engine, have been ordered from the United Kingdom gas turbine packager, Centrax, to meet the platform's electrical requirements.

The Mexilhão field, in which Petrobras is investing US$2 billion, is located about 160 km offshore in a water depth of 500 meters. The project is included in the Brazilian federal government's list of priority programs, and is of strategic importance to Brazil which needs to increase production of natural gas for domestic consumption and to alleviate the reliance on imported gas.

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