NPO Saturn participates in the scientific-technical council within United Engine Corporation’s ‘Power and Industrial Programs’ division, together with Gazprom

April 25, 2013, Rybinsk — Today was the final day for the scientific-technical council on issues of reliability, operational conditions, and prospects for applications for gas turbine engines of 2.5 — 10 mW capacity, which was held on April 24-25, 2013, in Rybinsk, by UEC at NPO Saturn and Saturn Gas Turbines with participation from Perm Engine Company, Aviadvigatel, and Gazprom along with gas transportation companies.

For the first time in the past few years, the scientific-technical council (STC) brought together manufacturers and operators of industrial GTEs, power units, and gas transportation units. The STC highlighted the current problems and questions of production and operation of industrial GTEs.

During the scientific-technical council, Saturn presented the main areas of development and production possibilities for industrial gas turbines for mechanical operation and power, and measures to increase the reliability of the GTE-4RM, GTE-6.3RM, GTE-6.3/8RM, and GTE-10RM engines, and to improve the GTE DO49R, as well as possible applications for the GTE-6.3/8RM and GTE-10RM in power.

In addition, Saturn demonstrated to the STC its new developments, including the GTE-10RME — a power unit created on the base of the gas transportation unit the GTE-10RM, and the industrial E70 engine for marine application, with an 8 mW capacity and a dual-fuel combustion chamber, which can be used both at marine on-shore sites and also on drilling platforms.

As Ilya Federov, Saturn Managing Director emphasized, “2012 was a year of fine-tuning on our line of industrial GTEs. We organized work to improve the combustion chamber on the terrestrial group of engines, and achieved quite good results. In particular, we tested low-emission combustion chambers developed by Saturn. Thanks to these measures, we were in fact able to reduce harmful emissions by 30 %. The concentrated efforts by the Saturn team have allowed us to successfully solve the tasks set before us. Major measures have been developed, and we are today ready to offer clients reliable terrestrial GTEs.”

As part of the work of the scientific-technical council, a delegation from Gazprom, UEC, and Saturn Gas Turbines visited NPO Saturn’s production base where it makes and repairs 2.5-10 mW GTEs. The guests visited the assembly line for industrial GTEs, special sands for testing terrestrial engines, and the GTPP-12 with testing stand for the GTE-6/8 mW, and had high praise for the technical and technological level of production of industrial GTEs at Saturn.

“It is important that NPO Saturn is constantly improving,” said Sergei Mikhaylov, Deputy General Director of UEC and the Head of the Power and Industrial Programs Division. “Every 6-12 months, they implement something new, acquire new machining tools, development centers, they are confirming international quality system standards, and getting new certificates. This is very important for the client, because products made by our company are indeed of high quality and this quality continues to improve further.”

As part of the STC, they discussed long-term plans for cooperation between UEC companies and gas transportation companies. This includes the initiative by UEC on active participation by Saturn and other companies in the Power and Industrial Programs division, who took on the issues of creating a program of potential cooperation with Gazprom through to 2020.

According to Pavel Fetisov, Deputy Managing Director for industrial and marine GTE programs, “Saturn in this program has definite prospects, in particular with the GTE-4RM for underground gas storage facilities — in the next 8 years — and for the power GTE DO 49 in the next 4-5 years.”

Sergei Mikhaylov, the Head of the Power and Industrial Programs Division, said, “Creation of this kind of program allows Saturn to increase its production of terrestrial GTEs, to evolve from commission production up to 20-30 engines per year, which reduces the cost of engine production and of course, increases the company’s profits.” “Why are Saturn’s GTEs so interesting? First, there are many new developments, since in terms of technical characteristics, on efficiency coefficients they are at least as good and in many ways exceed western analogues. Regarding price parameters and characteristics they, naturally, also win in comparison with western analogues. Engines of this application and this capacity are used by clients for underground gas storage facilities, and unfortunately, there are not so many of those. But we are planning and hope that these kinds of engines will be used actively in power units, which could be used to meet own-needs at Gazprom facilities.”

NPO Saturn is an engine-building company specializing in development, production, and aftersales servicing of gas turbine engines for military and civil aviation, electrical generating and gas transport facilities, and military and civil marine vessels. Saturn is part of the United Engine Corporation.

United Engine Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of OBORONPROM. More than 85 % of the leading companies specializing in the development, mass production, and aftersales servicing of gas turbine technology are integrated into UEC, as well as key companies in other selected fields. One of UEC’s priority directions is implementing comprehensive programs for developing companies by implementing new technologies that meet international standards

OBORONPROM is a multi-faceted machine-building group of companies founded in 2002. It is part of the Russian Technologies group of companies. Its primary activities include helicopter building (Russian Helicopters), engine-building (UEC), and other assets.