Thunder Horse Will Get Wartsila Generators
Wartsila has been awarded a contract from BP to deliver an integrated package of auxiliary diesel generators totalling 15.3 MW for the Thunder Horse offshore project in the Gulf of Mexico. The power plant will be installed on the production, drilling and quarters platform Thunder Horse PDQ being built in Korea.
The integrated package of auxiliary diesel generators is to supply the hull and drilling rig loads, the emergency services, and the fire pumps, with control systems for all three services. The auxiliary diesel generators are powered by two Wartsila 18V26 engines, each rated 5580 kW at 900 rpm. The emergency generator has a Wartsila 12V200 engine, rated at 2100 kW at 1200 rpm. Two Wartsila 6L20 generating sets, rated 1020 kW at 900 rpm, provide independent power for the emergency fire water pumps.
The Thunder Horse field is the largest oil and gas discovery to date in the Gulf of Mexico. It is located approximately 150 miles southeast of New Orleans, La. The field will be developed by BP, with ExxonMobil owning a 25 percent interest in the field development. BP will act as the field operator. The hydrocarbons from this field will be produced using the "Thunder Horse PDQ" platform. Displacing 129,000 tons, this will be the largest semi-submersible production platform in the world. It will be delivered from Korea in 2004.
The BP Thunder Horse order marks a milestone for Wartsila's offshore business as the first Gulf of Mexico production unit project. Wartsila has experience from floating production unit applications in the North Sea, Brazil, China and Africa, and are excited to move into this segment in the Gulf of Mexico as well.