Rolls, which has businesses in the aerospace, defence, marine, energy and nuclear sectors, said yesterday it would supply Petrobras with 32 gas turbine power generation packages, including waste-heat recovery units, to help power eight production storage and offloading vessels.
“Rolls-Royce is committed to continuing to expand its technology presence and manufacturing capabilities in Brazil,” said Francisco Itzaina, Rolls-Royce’s regional director for South America.
Petrobras’ Rolls-Royce-powered vessels will operate in the petroleum rich Lula and Guará oilfields, located in Santos Basin off the coast of Brazil.
The company, which is also the world’s second-largest maker of aircraft engines, in February announced plans for the construction of a new $100m gas turbine assembly and test facility in Rio de Janeiro, which is expected to operate in 2013. Its shares have risen 18 per cent in the past three months.