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Cogen for Iberian paper plants

Rolls-Royce has received two new contracts from paper manufacturers in Spain and Portugal for gas turbine-based co-generation plants.

One of the two RB211 aero-derivative machines ordered will be heading for Europac. The RB211-GT61 unit, rated at 31 MW, is for installation at its Dueàƒ±as paper mill in northern Spain. It will join three RR 501-powered gensets to support a planned increase in paper production at the site.

Excess electrical power produced by the new plant will be exported to the Spanish national grid.

A planned increase in production capacity by Europac’s wholly-owned Portuguese subsidiary Portucel Viana at its Viana do Castello paper mill in Portugal has resulted in a second order for a GT61 genset for this site. One RB211 is already operating at the site together with a 25 MW steam turbine providing electrical power and process steam.

Both of the gas-fired RB211-GT61 units are fitted with a Dry Low Emissions (DLE) combustion system to suppress emissions, a requirement that is now mandatory on all electrical generating equipment installed throughout Europe.

Shipment of the unit for Europac is scheduled for the second quarter of 2008 with the one for Portucel contracted for the fourth quarter of 2008.

The units are also covered by ten-year TotalCareà‚® service agreements which will be provided from the Rolls-Royce facility in Tarragona.

Commercial terms were not disclosed.