Aviadvigatel: 20 years serving Russia’s fuel and energy complex

January 16, 2014 marked twenty years since the day of the launch of the first industrial gas turbine engine developed by Aviadvigatel. The launch of the PS-90GP-1 was the beginning of a new era in the life of the Perm design bureau in aviation engine building.

The launch of the PS-90GP-1 (made 84-01) with 12 mW capacity was the result of a huge amount of work to adapt the gas generator aviation engine PS-90A to conditions of operation as an industrial engine. By the end of December 1993 the PS-90GP-1 was ready and delivered to the test stand, where it was launched in a preliminary launch without gas.

On January 16, 1994, at the Permskaya compressor station (Gazprom transgas Chaikovsky) was the first full launch of the PS-90GP-1 engine in the ‘small gas’ regime. On February 1 of the same year the engine was first tried in the ‘Trunk line’ regime — for an hour the PS-90GP-1 with booster transferred gas to the pipeline Nishnaya Tura — Gorky. As a result the GPA worked a whole day in the ‘trunk line’ regime, and then tests began on the 84-01 engine in this regime.

The specialists from the Perm design bureau created their first industrial engine for the comprehensive program Ural-Gazprom, intended to create on the basis of the PS-90A aviation engine a whole range of gas turbine units for industrial applications, in 10, 12, 16, and 25 mW capacities for the booster drive of the block GPA of Ural type during new construction and renovation of the lines of compressor stations belonging to Gazprom.

Over more than twenty years on the basis of the D-30 and PS-90A aviation engines the Perm engine builders have developed and produced more than 700 gas turbine units and gas turbine electricity stations of 2.5-25 mW capacity. The equipment developed by Aviadvigatel works in 145 facilities at leading fuel and energy installations in Russia: Gazprom, Lukoil, Surgutneftegaz, Rosneft, Bashkiriya Generating Company, and others. The total capacity of Perm GTUs as of December 2013 was 8.12 GW, and the total hours worked was approaching 16 million. The Perm gas turbine equipment is used in strategically important projects — Blue stream, Nord Stream, Sakhalin-2, Shtokmankovsky project, and others.

In the field of industrial engine building, Aviadvigatel specialists have mastered a broad range of services — turnkey installation, adjusting and startup procedures, repair, warranty and ongoing servicing of GTU and GTPP of 2.5-25 mW capacity, and others. For the first time in Russia, they are offering (in line with analogues in the aviation business) lifetime servicing of their equipment at Lukoil facilities. The Aviadvigatel industrial arm launched twenty years ago has:

  • mastered and implemented into mass production the industrial PS-90GP-25A engine, created on the base of the PS-90A2 aviation engine, used in the Tu-204SM airplane
  • Aviadvigatel’s upcoming plans include creating a Russian aviation-derived gas turbine unit the GTU-32P with a capacity of 32...40 mW, intended for transportation of natural gas in combination with upcoming gas transportation assemblies (GTA) of higher single capacity.

Aviadvigatel is a leading Russian design firm developing gas turbine engines for aviation and industrial applications. It is a part of the United Engine Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of OBORONPROM specialising in engine-building assets.

United Industrial Corporation OBORONPROM is a multi-faceted machine-building group founded in 2002. It is part of the Russian Technologies group of companies. Its primary areas of business are helicopters (Russian Helicopters), and engine-building (UEC).

Rostech is a Russian corporation founded in 2007 to facilitate the development, production, and export of high-tech industrial products for civil and military applications. Altogether, Russian Technologies encompasses 663 organizations including 8 holdings in the military-industrial complex and five in civilian industry. The corporation works in 60 constituent regions of the Russian Federation and supplies products to more than 70 countries around the world. Its 2012 turnover was 931 billion rubles, with net profit of 38.5 billion rubles. It paid a total of 109 billion rubles in taxes at all budget levels