Dear Editor,

In the article titled “The spark behind Ecuador’s oil boom” in the August 2003 edition of Power Engineering International

(Vol. 11 Issue 7 pp45-47), it reads (near the end of the article): “Universal Ensco completed the total site engineering and contract management”.

Actually, it was Santos CMI who was contracted by OXY to perform all the detailed engineering, BOP procurement, logistics, transportation and field installation of the Wärtsilä plant as part of the EPC contract for the Eden Yuturi Development Project. Universal Ensco was a Santos CMI’s subcontractor for the review of the basic engineering, inspection and procurement of imported items.

Yours sincerely,
Luis E. Vintimilla
Project Manager
Santos CMI Construction Inc.
Quito, Ecuador

EDITOR: Many thanks for your comments and observations. The authors of the article in question have indeed confirmed that you are correct – Santos CMI was contracted by OXY to perform the detailed engineering, BOP procurement, logistics, transportation and field installation of the Wärtsilä plant.

Rolls Royce fuel cell developments

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Dear Editor,

In the article entitled “Coming of Age?” in the October 2003 issue of Power Engineering International (Vol. 11 Issue 9, pp44-45), it states: “There are currently no manufacturers in the UK that are making the large stationary power systems (fuel cells)”.

Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems (RRFCS) has been developing fuel cell systems for over ten years. We are positioning to design, manufacture, test and deliver fuel cell systems of 1, 5 and 10 MW for stationary power generation applications as our entry market. The systems will be based on our low-cost, patent-protected solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology in combination with specialist turbomachinery, resulting in an SOFC hybrid. The SOFC hybrid will be compact, highly efficient, cost competitive and generate negligible emissions. Arguably this meets the definition of large, stationary power.

You will also find that we are recognised by the European Commission as one of the leading SOFC programmes.

Yours sincerely,
Alan Spangler
Executive Vice President,
Business Development
Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems, Limited

EDITOR: For an update on Rolls-Royce’s fuel cell development activities, please see the news story on page 9 of this issue.