The industrial version of the RB211 aero engine has been built by Rolls-Royce (1971) Limited and is ready for its first test.
The industrial version of the RB211 aero engine has been built by Rolls-Royce (1971) Limited and is ready for its first test. It has been designed by the Industrial and Marine Division from the engine which powers the Lockheed TriStar airliner.
The industrial RB211 is intended initially for use on oil and gas pipelines around the world. The first operational unit will enter service in North America on the TransCanada PipeLine in the Autumn of this year.
In view of the present energy situation it is expected that the industrial RB211 will sell worldwide. It offers a 25 per cent saving in fuel costs as well as a 60 per cent increase in available power over first generation gas transmission engines. It has already proved itself economical in aviation use powering the TriStar.
With the oil and gas industry's need for increased power, to match the new larger diameter pipelines, and reduced fuel consumption to counteract the higher cost of gas, the industrial RB211 has been designed to meet these future needs.
Discussions have already taken place between Rolls-Royce and numerous operators around the world, including the British Gas Corporation, on the use of the RB211 for the transmission of natural gas.
The industrial RB211 is expected to repeat the success of the industrial Avon engine in the gas transmission market, the Avon having already secured orders for more than GBP 60 million from operators in 23 countries.
The first industrial RB211 will be used by the Industrial and Marine Division for test purposes at the Ansty factory, near Coventry. Further engines currently being assembled will be shipped to Canada for installation in a Cooper-Bessemer gas turbine set on the TransCanada PipeLine.
The RB211 has now been sold for both aero and industrial applications and a marine version is also being studied in conjunction with Kawasaki Heavy Industries of Japan. The marine RB211 is suitable to power product carrier, container ships, LNG carriers and many other types of merchant vessels.