Rolls-Royce has won an $82 million order from Technip, on behalf of Total Upstream Nigeria Limited (Total), for six RB211 industrial gas turbines to operate in the Akpo oil & gas field offshore Nigeria. With this order, Total has ordered 11 RB211 gas turbines for their operations offshore Nigeria. A further seven RB211s are also in Nigerian service by other operators. Akpo is a gas and condensate (light crude) field, with water depths of between 1100 and 1700 metres, some 200km offshore from Port Harcourt.
The six RB211 gas turbine generator sets will provide 100MW of electrical power needed to develop 22 oil and gas production wells, 20 water injection wells and two gas injection wells in the field. They will be housed on a Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel with a storage capacity of two million barrels. Soon after the FPSO begins production in the latter part of 2008, it is expected to reach peak output of 225,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.
Tom Curley, President of the energy business of Rolls-Royce, said: "Oil & gas fields offshore West Africa represent one of the leading growth regions for Rolls-Royce industrial gas turbines. This latest order reinforces our position as a primary supplier of gas turbine power and compression packages to this important, developing region."
Over the past five years, offshore West Africa oilfield operators have placed orders for 26 RB211 gas turbine power generation and compression packages. Over 170 RB211 packages have been ordered for offshore service worldwide.
The RB211 generator sets for the Akpo project will be manufactured in Liverpool, UK, and are scheduled for delivery to the FPSO’s construction yard in Korea between June and August 2006.