Pearl GTL Contract is a Gem for kVA

Aberdeen-based generator specialist kVA Limited has secured a major contract to provide diesel generators for the two Pearl gas-to-liquid (GTL) platforms offshore in Qatar.

The company is predicting that the deal will help its turnover increase from UK4million in 2007 to approximately UK7.5million in 2008.

The contract involves the design, testing and commissioning of seven project-specific diesel generator sets. Three will be installed on each of the two platforms, while a spare unit will be available for standby.

KVA managing director Jeff King said: "Our project team has a fantastic track record with this type of generator. We delivered three similar units to Chevron for use on the Erskine platform in the North Sea, which have now been in operation for several years. While similar to the Erskine units, the Pearl units will be unique in respect of the specific design elements requested by Shell."

Sponsored by Qatar Petroleum and Shell, Pearl GTL comprises the development of upstream gas production facilities as well as an onshore GTL plant that will produce 140,000 barrels per day (bpd) of high-quality GTL fuels and products along with 120,000bpd of condensate, liquefied petroleum gas and ethane. Pearl GTL is not only the world's largest integrated GTL project, but also the largest energy project ever launched within Qatar's borders.

The Pearl GTL contract was awarded to kVA by J. Ray McDermott's Middle East operations, which is engineering, constructing and installing the Pearl GTL platforms. Three kVA units are due to be delivered mid 2008 and the remaining four are due for delivery later in the year.

Because the platforms will not be manned for the majority of the time, the generators must be extremely reliable and require minimum maintenance. Designed to operate for 2500 hours between service intervals, the generators will feature remotely controlled systems that allow their status to be checked from a monitoring centre 70km away.

Mr King added: "KVA is looking forward to the challenges of 2008 that will bring new hire-fleet assets and purpose-built premises, which will improve efficiency and service to our clients."

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