UK-China energy deals tot up during Cameron trade trip

UK engineering firm Rolls Royce has won a £17 million contract to work on a Chinese energy infrastructure project. The deal is one of several announced yesterday to coincide with […]

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By Vicky Ellis

UK engineering firm Rolls Royce has won a £17 million contract to work on a Chinese energy infrastructure project.

The deal is one of several announced yesterday to coincide with Prime Minister David Cameron’s trade visit to Shanghai. In total £5.6 billion worth of deals have been signed between UK and Chinese firms during the trip.

Rolls Royce will supply state power firm PetroChina with equipment and services on its second West to East Pipeline Project (WEPP II).

PetroChina is extending the flow natural gas through a branch of its pipeline. The Lunnan – Tulufan branch transports 17 billion cubic metres of gas per year.

Andrew Heath, Rolls-Royce’s President for Energy said: “Rolls-Royce continues to expand its presence in China, providing vital equipment to help spur economic growth in China’s fast-developing cities and support the drive towards cleaner, greener energy consumption.”

During the British trade visit, British oil giant Shell agreed to carry out a second two-year energy policy study with Chinese think-tank the Development Research Council focusing on gas policy and energy security. Their first joint study looked at opening up and reforming China’s huge energy sector.

Scottish renewable energy consultancy SgurrEnergy also signed a contract to research wind turbine designs for a project in Zhangbei.