Wood Group Heavy Industrial Turbines (WGHIT), part of the Gas Turbine Services Division of John Wood Group PLC ("Wood Group"), has been awarded a $9 million, six year gas turbine maintenance contract at Fellside Heat and Power Ltd in Cumbria, England, by MBpx, a consortium comprising the px group and Mitsui Babcock in the UK, responsible for the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) at Fellside Heat and Power Ltd. Fellside Heat and Power Ltd is owned by British Nuclear Group Limited.

The contract involves the provision of packaged maintenance services for three General Electric Frame 6581 gas turbines, including the supply of parts manufactured under WGHIT’s APM® (Advanced Parts Manufacture) programme, advanced technology component repair, field and engineering services. This contract now brings to more than 60, the number of GE technology heavy industrial turbines under similar total maintenance packages within Wood Group.

Roger Steward, Commercial Director for WGHIT, said: "We are extremely pleased to have been awarded this contract on critical gas turbine plant where high availability of the plant is important to the owner and operator. WGHIT’s growing track record of performance in such contracts is increasingly being recognised by the world’s major energy providers"

Paul Verrill, Contract Manager for MBpx, said: "WGHIT and MBpx have successfully developed a contractual structure which is significantly aligned to the owner’s performance and availability drivers for the plant. Initial feedback from the owner on WGHIT’s response and performance has been very positive."


Note to editors

Wood Group is an international energy services company with $2.3bn revenues, employing more than 14,000 people worldwide and operating in 36 countries. The Group has three Businesses: Engineering & Production Facilities, Well Support, and Gas Turbine Services providing a range of engineering, production support, maintenance management and industrial gas and steam turbine-generator overhaul and repair services to the oil & gas, and power generation industries worldwide.

Wood Group Gas Turbine Services is a leading world-wide independent provider of operations, maintenance, repair and overhaul services for gas turbines, steam turbines, generators, and other high-speed rotating equipment, including pumps and compressors. The company also repairs gas turbine accessories and components for industrial and aero customers.

Wood Group Heavy Industrial Turbines, comprising facilities in the UK, USA, Switzerland and Thailand, provides integrated maintenance services to operators of heavy industrial gas turbines, steam turbines and electrical generators worldwide.

Fellside Power Station supplies steam to the nuclear processing plant at Sellafield, and also sells power to the UK national grid.

Mitsui Babcock provides services to the petrochemical, pharmaceutical, oil and gas and power industries worldwide. Its range of asset maintenance and improvement services, emissions control systems and related technologies allow Mitsui Babcock to maintain its position as one of the world’s leaders in energy and process engineering. Globally headquartered in the UK, Mitsui Babcock employs around 4,000 personnel (Turnover 2004/05 £396 million). The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of one of the world’s largest engineering companies, Mitsui Engineering &. Shipbuilding Co Ltd of Japan. For further information visit

The px group was established in July 2002 when it secured the contracts to operate and manage the £100m gas processing plant and £800m power station on Teesside. To date the company’s core business has been processing around 10% of the UK’s gas, half of which fuels the generation of 4% of the electricity used in England and Wales. However the experienced team has also been providing asset management solutions and services to the energy industry on other projects and at other plants. For further information visit MBpx consortium was established in 2004 to bid for the Operations, Management and Maintenance contract at Fellside.

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Carolyn Smith, Corporate Communications Manager, Wood Group

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 851099, e-mail:

Pauline Morrice, Corporate Communications Executive, Wood Group Gas Turbine Services

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