Rolls-Royce wins £85m deal

Scotland secures work from frigate repairs contract

Type 23 frigate

Engines for the Type-23 frigates require overhaul


Engineers in north east Scotland will benefit from an £85 million Ministry of Defence contract with Rolls-Royce to maintain the engines of the Royal Navy’s Type-23 frigate fleet.

Rolls-Royce will project manage the support contract, while the main overhaul and repair work will be carried out by RWG based in Aberdeen, supporting up to 25 jobs across both companies.

The contract will require the overhaul of 30 engines from the UK and NATO partners Belgium, Portugal and the Netherlands.

The contract is expected to deliver a £35m increase in savings to the MOD over the next eight years, by incentivising Rolls-Royce to improve repair schemes, minimise unnecessary work and procure spares at a lower cost. This will result in shorter, less expensive overhauls.

The Type-23 frigate is able to carry out a wide variety of operations, from securing the UK’s vital maritime trade routes East of the Suez Canal to safeguarding British interests in the South Atlantic.

Defence Minister Stuart Andrew announced the contract at HMNB Devonport. He said: “This £85m contract demonstrates the UK’s commitment to modernisation through the maintenance of our formidable Type-23s. This work continues the British tradition of supporting our closest allies and solidifying our global position as world-leaders in advanced maritime technology and development.” 

Scotland receives MOD expenditure of £300 per person each year and an investment in local industry and commerce of £1.6 billion. Defence also supports more than 10,000 industry jobs in Scotland which is building the new aircraft carriers and the Royal Navy’s state-of-the-art Type-26 frigates.

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