Rolls-Royce secures gas turbines contract from Lukoil

Two industrial turbines will power the Stavrolen power plant in Budennovsk.

A Rolls-Royce aircraft engine. Photograph: Getty Images

The British power systems company Rolls-Royce has secured a contract to supply two industrial Trent 60 gas turbines to power the Russian oil explorer Lukoil’s Stavrolen power plant in Budennovsk.

Each Trent 60 gas turbine will produce 58.5 megawatts of power and feature Rolls-Royce's low emissions technology to minimise environmental impact. Exhaust heat from the engines will be recovered to drive a separate steam turbine, providing additional power to the Russian electrical grid and high-pressure steam to support the industrial processes of the Stavrolen polyethylene plant.

Denis Dolgov, vice-president of power business at Lukoil, said:

Rolls-Royce Trent 60 gas turbines provide a reliable, efficient and commercially competitive fit to meet Lukoil's requirements. The units will enable the Stavrolen power plant to reach power capacity in compliance with our commitments under the power supply agreement signed with the Russian power market.

These turbines will be manufactured and packaged at Rolls-Royce facilities in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and Mount Vernon, Ohio, US. Shipment will begin from the third quarter of 2012 and entry into commercial service is planned for the fourth quarter of 2013.

The contact follows the supply of five Bergen diesel engines by Rolls-Royce to Lukoil in 2011.

Tom Sacco, executive vice-president for power generation at Rolls-Royce, said:

I am delighted that Lukoil has selected Rolls-Royce technology to support production expansion at its Stavrolen petrochemicals plant. The proven efficiency and superior fuel consumption of the Trent 60 gas turbine will provide the Russian power market with a dependable supply of electricity.

Rolls-Royce employs more than 40,000 people in offices and manufacturing and service facilities in over 50 countries. The company invested £908m on research and development in 2011.