Full steam ahead for Peter Brotherhood
Peter Brotherhood has been contracted by a Norwegian firm to supply a £1.5 million steam turbine driven generator set for the first of what is expected to be a fleet of FPSO vessels.Aker Floating Production is entering the ‘own-and-operate’ FPSO – Floating Production, Storage and Offloading – market with a series of Smart FPSOs, the first of which is scheduled for launch in the third quarter of 2007.
Peter Brotherhood has been designing and manufacturing steam turbine driven generator sets for FPSOs for 25 years and this deal leaves the firm well-placed to win further contracts with Aker as it rolls out its FPSOs fleet.
Peter Brotherhood’s managing director Stephen Fitzpatrick, said: “This was an important order to secure as Aker Floating Production are planning to launch a number of Smart FPSOs over the coming years. We have now installed thirty turbines on board twenty FPSO vessels that have a total power output of 200 MWe.”
FPSOs are converted or custom-built ship-shaped floaters employed to process oil and gas and for temporary storage of the oil prior to transhipment.
Aker was drawn to Peterbrotherhood’s experience with generator sets for FPSOs, which is crucial due to the special features the sets need to enable them to operate reliably in a floating environment, where they can be affected by, for example, the pitch and roll of a ship.
Peter Brotherhood’s 5 MW set will consist of a turbine, gearbox and generator, all mounted on a common bedplate, which incorporates the oil system and a separate water cooled condenser mounted directly below the turbine’s exhaust.
The generator set will be tested at Peter Brotherhood’s Peterborough manufacturing facility before delivery in March 2007.
Engineers from the firm will be employed to install and commission the machine on the top deck of the FPSO vessel.