A Siberian oil drilling operation is to run on on-site power.
Commissioning has begun on 12 new gas turbine packages at the Ust Teguss oil field in the Tyumen region of the West Siberian plain, around 1600 km from Moscow.
The packages, from UK-based genset manufacturer Centrax, will each feature a 5.2-MW Rolls-Royce 501-KB7 turbine. Together they will have a total generating capacity of 62.4 MW, enough to meet the facility’s energy demands.
The units will run on gas recovered from oil drilling operations, which would normally be flared.
In the Tyumen region the average annual temperature is around 1.3°C, with continuous sub-freezing conditions for much of the winter.
‘We have developed a standardised design of package for cold-temperature environments, incorporating features such as additional space-heaters and temperature-regulated control panel shelters,’ said Nick Royal, Centrax’s regional sales manager.
The site is the company’s largest single site power base, Centrax said.