What does it take to provide the natural gas millions of people across North America rely upon every day? A lot of horsepower, much of it supplied by jet engines like the Rolls-Royce Industrial Avon gas turbine that powers the compressor stations used to move gas through our network of pipelines.
TransCanada’s fleet of industrial Avon gas turbines have collectively logged more than 11.1 million hours of service over the past five decades, and we are proud to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our relationship with Rolls-Royce and the launch of the industrial Avon. In June 1964, TransCanada led the world when we became the first in the industry to fire up an Avon — an engine first developed to power military fighter jets.
Because of its reliability and efficiency, that original engine is still in use today, having logged more than 203,887 hours. It is now one of 84 Avons in TransCanada’s fleet, which provides the power that drives natural gas through our vast network of pipelines, delivering 20 per cent of the natural gas millions of people across North America rely upon every day. In fact, we boast the biggest fleet of industrial Rolls-Royce engines in the world and together continue to pioneer technological advancement in the industry.
As a North American energy infrastructure leader, TransCanada was also the first to trial the second-generation gas turbine, RB211, which provides more power and even greater efficiency both in cost-savings and emissions.
“We are constantly testing promising new technologies to minimize natural gas consumption of pipeline compressors and associated emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) linked to climate change.”
— Chris Murphy, fleet manager, Major Equipment – Turbine Fleet, TransCanada
TransCanada strives to remain an innovator and continues to test new technology. We recently entered into an agreement with Rolls-Royce to test and trial a new version of the RB211 combustor which may lead to even greater efficiency that could result in millions of dollars in fuel savings annually. We’re also partnering with our peers to improve pipeline safety and reliability and are working with global leaders in innovative construction techniques.
You can learn more about the Avon’s history and its use in TransCanada’s operations in the June issue of Rolls-Royce Magazine by visiting Rolls-Royce.com or downloading Rolls-Royce.com: Canada’s Natural Powerhouse (PDF, 2 MB).