kVA generates Pearl GTL contract

Generator specialist kVA Ltd. has secured a contract to provide diesel generators for the two Pearl gas-to-liquid (GTL) platforms offshore Qatar.

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ABERDEEN, UK -- Generator specialist kVA Ltd. has secured a contract to provide diesel generators for the two Pearl gas-to-liquid (GTL) platforms offshore Qatar.

The company predicts the sale will push its turnover from £4 million ($8 million) in 2007 to £7.5 million ($15 million) in 2008.

The contract involves the design, testing, and commissioning of seven project-specific diesel generator sets. Three will be installed on each of the two platforms, while a spare unit will be for standby.

"Our project team has a fantastic track record with this type of generator," says kVA managing director, Jeff King. "We delivered three similar units to Chevron for use on the Erskine platform in the North Sea, which have now been in operation for several years. While similar to the Erskine units, the Pearl units will be unique in respect of the specific design elements requested by Shell."

Pearl GTL is sponsored by Qatar Petroleum and Shell, and is the world's largest integrated GTL project and the largest energy project ever launched within Qatar's borders.

The Pearl GTL contract was awarded to kVA by J. Ray McDermott's Middle East operations, which is engineering, constructing and installing the Pearl GTL platforms. Three kVA units are due to be delivered mid-2008 and the remaining four are due for delivery later in the year.

02/28/2008

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