Rolls-Royce has completed a EUR 57 million upgrade and refurbishment of its thruster manufacturing plant in Rauma, Finland.
The new facility will streamline production and testing of a wide range of mechanical thrusters, including the US and UUC type azimuthing thrusters and newly launched Elegance pods. The facility is expected to be one of the world’s most advanced propulsion centres.
Refurbishment included complete rebuilding of the site’s existing production hall and building a new 35 metre-high hall with 40t, 80t and 200t lift capacities for the manufacturing and testing of thruster units in all size ranges.
A renewed welding hall, six factory acceptance test (FAT) rigs, an integrated logistics centre and a main office complex also formed part of the work scope.
Mikael Mäkinen, Rolls-Royce, president – marine, said: “Our azimuth thrusters are one of our most important products, providing mission critical power and propulsion for some of the largest floating objects on the planet. The conclusion to this significant investment in Rauma prepares us for future growth in this market, while enabling us to produce our existing range of thrusters and develop new products more efficiently.”
Mäkinen added: “By consolidating and optimising our thruster production processes we are in a better position to facilitate the markets we serve, particularly the offshore sector which we see beginning to emerge from its downturn.”
Ulla Ylisäe, Rolls-Royce, programme manager, Rauma, commented: “What we have created is a modern, state-of-the art thruster manufacturing hub that increases operational capacity, optimises production flow lines and delivers on our commitment to meeting our customers’ future requirements. We have now closed the book on the project, which we were able to complete on budget and as scheduled.”
The facility was officially opened on January 22, 2019, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony performed by Finland’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Mr Mika Lintilä.