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Rolls-Royce expands pipeline activity in China


Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, advanced its position as an industry leader for gas compression equipment on major natural gas pipelines with a recent contract award from PetroChina, the largest oil and gas producer in China.

The West-East Pipeline Project (WEPP) is the world’s longest natural gas pipeline and this order will take the number of Rolls-Royce RB211 gas turbine compressor packages installed on this pipeline and associated feed and branch lines to 45. This order follows contract awards over the past five years for other major gas pipelines in India, Europe, Russia, Kazakhstan, North America and Algeria.

Valued at $65 million, the contract is for six RB211 gas turbine compressor packages to be installed on one of China’s most important and expensive energy projects, WEPP Line 2. The gas turbine units will be installed at two new compressor stations along the 2,400 km (1,500 mile) Eastern section of the line. They will join six RB211 units currently being installed along the 2,450 km Western section and 19 RB211 compressor sets already in service on WEPP Line 1.

Tony Ruegger, Rolls-Royce, Executive Vice-President – Oil & Gas, said, “We are delighted that once again PetroChina has put their trust in Rolls-Royce technology for this vital gas pipeline.

“The nineteen RB211 packages currently operating in China have been in service for nearly half-a-million hours, with the longest running engine achieving over 34,000 hours. Using Rolls-Royce aero engine technology, these gas turbine packages continue to provide very high levels of performance and reliability"

WEPP Line 2 will have a total length of 8,859 km made up of one main trunk line of 4,859 km and eight sub-lines. It will transport 30 billion cubic meters of natural gas every year from reserves in Central Asia, across 15 provinces to major regions such as Zhejiang, Shanghai, Guangdong and Hong Kong. This country-wide distribution of gas will help boost China’s clean energy consumption, saving an expected 11 million tonnes of coal usage every year and thereby reducing harmful emissions.

The centrifugal gas pipeline compressors for the six new RB211 gas turbine packages will be model RFBB-36, also designed and manufactured by Rolls-Royce.

All of the equipment for the WEPP Line 2 Eastern section is scheduled for delivery by the fourth quarter of 2011.

About Rolls-Royce:

Rolls-Royce is a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, and has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
As a result of this strategy, Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising more than 500 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 2,500 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in nearly 120 countries, with an installed base of 54,000 gas turbines.
Annual underlying revenues were £10.8 billion in 2010, of which more than half came from the provision of services. The firm and announced order book stood at £59.2 billion at 31 December 2010, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
Rolls-Royce employs over 39,000 skilled people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in over 50 countries. Over 11,000 of these employees are engineers.
In 2010, Rolls-Royce invested £923 million on research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental performance of its products, in particular reducing emissions.
Rolls-Royce supports a global network of 28 University Technology Centres, which connect the company’s engineers with the forefront of scientific research.
The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills.
Nearly 700 Rolls-Royce gas compression sets have now been ordered or delivered for 46 pipelines in 24 countries.
Over 600 industrial RB211 engines have been sold worldwide to over 100 customers in 38 countries and they have achieved more than 26 million hours of operation.
Today’s fleet of RB211s includes a number of units that have completed more than 100,000 hours of operation. The longest serving industrial RB211 is on a pipeline in North America with over 190,000 hours, while another unit providing electrical power in the North Sea on an oil platform holds the current record for offshore service at over 146,000 hours.

Rolls-Royce in China:

Rolls-Royce has been building a strong presence in Civil Aerospace, Marine and Energy in China for more than 45 years. Together with its associate company International Aero Engines (IAE), Rolls-Royce powers more than 400 aircraft of twelve Chinese airlines, including Hong Kong and Macao.
The North East Asia headquarters of the Rolls-Royce global Marine business is based in Shanghai where the company also runs a manufacturing facility. Rolls-Royce also has a successful turbine component joint venture in Xian, and is growing its component and materials purchasing in China.
Rolls-Royce has collaborated with PetroChina since 2004, when it first started providing RB211 gas turbine packages to the West-East Pipeline Project (WEPP). Rolls-Royce has provided 19 RB211 gas turbine packages and 6 compressors to WEPP Line 1 and 6 RB211 gas compressor packages to WEPP Line 2. It is currently installing fourteen packages along the Central Asia pipeline and the third Shaan Jing Gas Pipeline Project.


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