Wärtsilä has bagged a 200 MW power plant contract in South America.
FREMONT, CA: The technology group Wärtsilä will provide a flexible baseload 200 MW power plant to a country in the Northern Andes. The flexibility of the efficient and fast-starting Wärtsilä solution will offer the grid balancing capability that is needed with high amounts of intermittent wind and solar power generation entering the power systems. At the same time, it will pose as a capacity plant to back up the system in cases of shortage. The contract was signed in June.
Commercial operation is scheduled to begin at the end of 2021. When operational, the 200 MW plant will supply electricity to the national grid. The plant will be powered by 11 Wärtsilä 50SG engines that will run on natural gas. Wärtsilä is supplying and installing the plant on a full engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) basis. Gonzalo Granda, Business Development Manager, Wärtsilä Energy says: “This is an important step for Wärtsilä, as we are continuing to expand from our traditional markets in this region to a new key segment: flexible baseload. We are happy to have this customer taking a major step in investing in this project.”
Sampo Suvisaari, Energy Business Director for Latin America North, Wärtsilä Energy states: “The plant will be yet another example of a best-in-class Wärtsilä flexible baseload solution in a system with a high share of renewable energy. We are on a path to a 100 percent renewable energy future, which means that fast-starting and efficient load following flexibility will be increasingly needed to balance the power systems. It was also remarkable that the construction contract was negotiated remotely from start to finish.”
Wärtsilä is a provider of smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the global marine and energy markets. They help the customers unlock the value of the energy transition by optimising their energy systems and future-proofing their assets. The company’s offering comprises of a flexible power plant, energy management systems, and storage, and also lifecycle services that ensure increased efficiency and guaranteed performance.