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Rolls-Royce recently signed a long-term service agreement with RWG for maintenance support of Marine Spey SM1A and SM1C gas turbines. Signed for through-life support of the equipment, the agreement provides a comprehensive service including the repair and overhaul of Gas Turbine Change Units, engine modules and line replacement units.
The contract facilitates transfer of capability between Rolls-Royce’s Ansty, Coventry facility and RWG’s overhaul base in Aberdeen, Scotland. Personnel from both companies are likely to be actively engaged in this process. The completion date is expected to be December 2015.
The core element
What forms the core element of this transition is the careful management of gas turbine operational costs through application of RWG’s advanced technology component repair processes. By utilizing this specialist service it is likely that a high percentage of unserviceable material will be recovered, extending the operational life of gas turbine components.
Mark Forsyth, RWG’s Industrial & Marine Business Director said the latest award increases the program for RWG’s newly formed ‘Marine Division’ opening up an exciting new market for the company’s business, with potential for additional programs in the near future.
The Marine Spey first entered service in 1985, providing essential boost propulsion for UK MoD Royal Navy Frigates. This propulsion system was later adopted by other world navies including The Netherlands, Belgium and Japan. Rolls-Royce Marine’s support agreement encompasses a fleet of 18 naval vessels, 36 operational gas turbines and strategic spares.
Russ Haworth, Senior Vice President - Naval Gas Turbine Supply Chain, Rolls-Royce, said the Marine Spey is an important program for Rolls-Royce, and a critical propulsion unit for naval defense customers. “The transition of repair and overhaul capability has been carefully planned to ensure continuity of service and I’m delighted with the cooperation and commitment shown by RWG during this phase of the program.