Rolls-Royce has delivered the first three of nine engines to Italy's A2A under the terms of a deal to supply and install three CHP stations in Milan.
The order, the largest single contract the company has ever received for gas engines, involves nine Rolls-Royce Bergen B-Gas engines, each generating 5.1 MWe. The contract valued at €25.2 million also includes installation of heat recovery systems, complete plant engineering, control and supervision systems and start-up.
The gas engines will be installed in three locations in Milan, producing energy for the grid and providing residential heating. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in November this year and will continue to 2009.
Follow-on orders could take the total purchase to fifteen engines. A2A already operates three Rolls-Royce Bergen gas engines at its Technocity power station site in Milan.
The total operating efficiency of each power station will be in excess of 90%.
Bjorn Thorbjornsen, vice president sales and marketing for the Rolls-Royce Diesels Power Business commented: 'Significant reductions in pollution will result from this major commitment to providing heat and electricity in a much more environmentally-acceptable way by the use of modern and highly efficient gas engines.'
Rolls-Royce added that it has achieved gas engine sales of more than €50 million in Italy in 2007 with orders from seven customers for 21 Bergen engines for electrical power generation.
Six customers ordered the B35:40 gas engines and one ordered a K-Gas engine to provide clean and efficient electricity and heat. A2A has ordered nine 12 cylinder B35:40 gas engines.