Rolls-Royce to upgrade gas pipeline

Rolls-Royce has won an order worth more than USD 40 million from Europe Maghreb Pipeline Limited (EMPL) for additional gas turbine equipment and expertise to enhance the performance of one of the world’s most important natural gas pipelines. The order, for RB211 gas turbines, Cooper-Bessemer compressors and En-Tronic controls, will boost supplies of natural gas to energy-hungry industries and commerce in Spain and Portugal by increasing the capacity of the Europe Maghreb Pipeline. The order will allow an approximate 50% increase in the current 8.5 billion cubic metre annual capacity of the pipeline, enhancing the flow of the key source of energy that fuels the expansion of industrial capacity in Spain and Portugal. This key 1375km link, which opened in 1996 using Rolls-Royce power, transports gas from Algeria’s natural gas fields to the Iberian peninsula, providing Spain with 30% of all the gas it consumes.

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