Siemens ships first gas turbine package to Abu Dhabi’s Zirku Island oilfield

AGTSiemens has shipped its first Industrial Trent 60 gas turbine generator package from its manufacturing facility in Mount Vernon, Ohio, USA, to Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company’s (ADMA-OPCO) Satah Al-Razboot (SARB) offshore oilfield project on Zirku Island

The shipment will be the first of five Industrial Trent 60 power generation packages to be delivered, installed and commissioned for ADMA-OPCO. The aeroderivative gas turbine (AGT) is the first of three dual fuel units that will be delivered as part of the order that also includes two gas only units.

The Siemens Industrial Trent 60 is the most advanced AGT available today, according to the company. It generates up to 66MW of electric power in simple-cycle service, at 42 per cent efficiency.

“As the initial high scale Siemens AGT project in Abu Dhabi, the shipment of this first package is an important milestone in our contribution to the UAE’s energy sector,” said Dietmar Siersdorfer, CEO of Siemens Middle East and the UAE. “The SARB offshore oilfield project will be a key component of the UAE’s economic strength, and we are proud that our advanced turbine technology will be responsible for making it a reality.”

Originally developed for use in aviation, AGTs are compact, lighter-weight designs that are ideally suited for power generation in the oil and gas industry. Their high efficiency and fast-start capabilities mean that AGTs also perform well in distributed power generation applications.

ADMA-OPCO’s SARB offshore oilfield project is being built on Zirku Island, which is located 120km northwest of Abu Dhabi. The SARB offshore oilfield project will have a daily capacity of 100,000 barrels of oil and 35 million cubic feet of gas.

The offshore project is being implemented in seven stages and primarily involves the reclamation and construction of two artificial islands to facilitate drilling works for the extraction of crude oil from the field. The first installation phase is expected to begin in May 2016 with commissioning on dual fuel operation completed by 2018, and completion of plant commissioning on gas by 2019.

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