Prime Mover Maintenance, which later became Rolls Wood Group, is opened and enters the gas turbine repair and overhaul business.
The journey begins
Rolls Wood Group (Repair & Overhauls) Limited (“RWG”) is founded in Aberdeen, UK through the creation of a joint venture between Prime Mover Maintenance, Wood Group’s provider of repair and overhaul services for Rolls-Royce industrial Avon gas generators, and Rolls-Royce.
Pioneering business vision
Led by managing director Hugh Gibson, RWG plans its transformation from a single workshop in Aberdeen into a market-leading global service provider for industrial aero-derivative gas generators.
Expanding capability in Aberdeen
Rolls-Royce transfers its industrial Avon engine business in East Kilbride, UK and its industrial RB211 and Olympus engine businesses in Ansty, UK to Aberdeen to become part of RWG.
Strengthening industrial Avon and Olympus expertise
RWG completes the acquisition of GTC Gas Turbine and enhances the scope of its industrial Avon and Olympus repair and overhaul service offering.
The momentum continues
RWG acquires Rolls-Royce Canada’s industrial Avon and RB211 repair and overhaul programmes to bring additional capability to the business.
Bringing industrial Avon new production to the UK
With the acquisition of Rolls-Royce’s Canadian capabilities came the Rolls-Royce industrial Avon new build capability, which RWG integrates into its industrial Avon centre of excellence in Aberdeen.
Welcoming 501 to the portfolio
RWG acquires Rolls-Royce’s industrial aero-derivative 501K/57x business in the US, adding workshop facilities in Texas and California to the company’s flourishing international capability.
Strengthening industrial RB211 capability
RWG introduces the industrial RB211 DLE (dry low NOx) model to its capability portfolio in Aberdeen, and brings operators of this engine type a full scope of service support.
Welcoming the Avon 200
RWG’s industrial Avon repair and overhaul capability expands with the addition of Avon 200 upgrade services.
Moving into Asia Pacific
Aligning with increasing customer demand in Malaysia for local capability, RWG creates a joint venture providing in-country gas turbine repair and overhaul expertise.
New Houston facility
RWG opens a dedicated 42,000 sq ft repair and overhaul facility for industrial 501 gas turbines in Houston, Texas with capacity to overhaul up to 50 engines per year.
Keith Brady takes over as managing director
After successfully leading RWG for 18 years, managing director Hugh Gibson retires and makes way for his successor Keith Brady.
International team, international success
With managing director Keith Brady at the helm, RWG employs more than 500 people across its gas turbine repair and overhaul facilities in the UK, US and Malaysia, and achieves a milestone £150 million in sales.
20 years and counting
The RWG joint venture celebrates its 20th year in business and looks forward to future continued expansion and success, supporting valued existing clients and bringing its repair and overhaul expertise to new customers.
New shareholder… new brand… new beginnings
Rolls-Royce sells its energy business to Siemens, and along with it the 50% shareholding in the RWG joint venture. The joint venture’s legal entity name changes from Rolls Wood Group (Repair & Overhauls) Limited to RWG (Repair & Overhauls) Limited (“RWG”). RWG introduces a vibrant new brand identity for the joint venture.
Rolls-Royce marine engines join portfolio
RWG adds Rolls-Royce marine Spey, Tyne and WR21 gas turbines to its engine portfolio and is awarded with a long term service agreement by Rolls-Royce for maintenance support for its fleet of Marine Spey gas turbines used on UK MoD Royal Navy frigates.
Investing in new talent
RWG’s apprentice training programme celebrates 25 years of success and trains more than 160 apprentices since the company was founded in 1990.
A boost to RWG’s testing capability
RWG enters a five-year leasing agreement with Rolls-Royce for its gas turbine test facility in Ansty, UK, comprising three dedicated test cells capable of liquid and gas fuelled testing of a range of engines.
Acquiring Siemens RT power turbine capability
RWG enters into an agreement with Siemens to establish a centre of excellence in the UK for maintenance, repair and overhaul of Siemens RT power turbines, bringing local service provision to Siemens’ customers in the Eastern Hemisphere.
Adding value to customers globally
RWG’s gas generator repair and overhaul expertise continues to add value to operators around the world, with the company securing new contracts in power generation and oil & gas in the UK, Thailand, Dubai and Sweden.
Successful overhaul of first Marine Spey
The first Rolls-Royce Marine Spey gas turbine to be overhauled by RWG leaves the company’s Aberdeen facility, and is successfully installed onto the UK MoD Royal Navy frigate HMS St Albans.