GE Energy has said that the project represents the largest single order of Jenbacher engines in India as the country works to rapidly expand its energy generation and delivery infrastructure to support continued national economic growth.

Cairn India is building a 590km, 24-inch pipeline to transport crude oil from the Mangala terminal in Barmer in the state of Rajasthan to the coast of the Gujarat state. The oil pipeline will be completed by the second half of 2009. An adjoining, 8-inch natural gas pipeline is also being built. Once in operation, the Rajasthan field is expected to produce 175,000 barrels of oil per day.

GE’s Jenbacher engines will be installed at 32 sites along the pipeline’s route to meet the 1MW load requirement at each station. The engines powered by natural gas supplied from the adjoining pipeline will primarily be used to generate power for a Skin Effect Heat Management System to maintain the fluidity of the waxy crude oil as it is transported.

For the project, GE is supplying the 32 sets of containerized gas engines, a CO2 fire suppression system, and 415V switchgear and power cables. The gas engines are being built at GE Energy’s gas engine manufacturing center in Jenbach, Austria. Delivery of GE’s Jenbacher equipment is scheduled between September 2008 and February 2009, with commercial start-up expected to begin in June 2009.