Petrobras Selects Rolls-Royce Gas Turbines for New Gas Project

Petrobras, is due to receive three Rolls-Royce RB211-G62 electrical generating sets 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 Mexilhao offshore field, located in the Santos Basin, into the Sao Paulo State gas network.

The offshore platform in the Mexilhao 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 UK gas turbine packager, Centrax, to meet the platform's electrical requirements.

The Mexilhao field, in which Petrobras is investing US$ 2 billion, is located about 160 kilometers 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.

Tom Curley, President of the Rolls-Royce energy business said, "This latest order for the RB211 reflects the outstanding performance of the RB211s already being utilized by Petrobras."