Rolls-Royce announces CAD$225 million R&D investment in Canada

Power generation division to develop alternative fuel industrial turbines at Montreal facility.

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by Design Engineering Staff

Montreal – Rolls-Royce announced it will invest C$225 million to develop new technologies for the Group’s Energy business in Canada. Funding will be provided over five years and the R&D work will focus primarily on enhancing Rolls-Royce product offerings in the oil & gas and power generation markets. Investissement Québec’s Strategic Support for Investment Program (PASI) is supporting the investment with a C$30 million funding facility repayable through royalties.

The goal is to create higher power and lower emissions aero-derivative gas turbines through the use of new combustion technology, fit for purpose industrial materials and alternative fuels. Work will be undertaken in the Rolls-Royce facility, in Montreal. The investment is expected to help secure around 100 engineering jobs at the Group’s Montreal facility.

“This investment would not have been possible without the talent, innovation and track record of our Montreal engineering team, combined with the continuing support of our customers, suppliers and government partners.” Tom Scarinci, Rolls-Royce, Executive Vice President of Engineering and Technology – Energy.

Rolls-Royce Canada Limited, a subsidiary of Rolls-Royce plc, is a diversified aero engine services and industrial gas turbine facility based in Lachine, Quebec, near the Montréal International Airport.

The company’s Energy business unit, also based in Montreal, is the worldwide research and development, manufacturing and support center for aero-derived industrial gas turbines, used for oil and gas related applications and land-based power generation installations.

Rolls-Royce currently employs more than 1,700 in Canada, including 200 energy R&D engineers. The Montreal plant also serves more than 600 aircraft operators in 30 countries and is an authorized maintenance center for a number of its jet engines. The company also operates facilities and offices in Coquitlam, British Columbia, Peterborough, Ontario, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, for the marine business.