Wärtsilä will supply a 70 MW Smart Power Generation plant to Assam Power Generation Corporation Ltd. (APGCL) in north-eastern India. The order includes seven Wärtsilä 34SG engines running on natural gas. The letter of award was issued in December 2015, and the power plant, delivered on a turn-key basis, is expected to be operational by March 2018.
APGCL plans to replace outdated gas turbine units with Wärtsilä technology. When gas is scarce, the plant needs to be run at part-load. Wärtsilä engines can do this while maintaining very high efficiency. According to APGCL, this would not be possible with gas turbines. By absorbing the variations in the gas supply, Wärtsilä engines enable APGCL to produce more efficient power from the same amount of fuel without affecting the heat rate.
Initially, the power station will operate on an open cycle mode, but APGCL has the option of converting it to a combined cycle plant by installing waste heat recovery units. The modularity of Wärtsilä power plants also allows the customer to easily expand the power plant with more engines to meet future demand.
Currently, a major portion of the electricity is imported into Assam from outside of the state. The new power plant will increase the region’s energy independency and help to meet its increasing electricity demand. According to a social responsibility report by APGCL, the project will also provide the local population with better access to electricity. A reliable power supply will also benefit the area’s hospitals, schools and other social services. The project is financed by the Asian Development Bank as part of an investment programme for the energy infrastructure in Assam.
This project will further strengthen Wärtsilä’s position in the utility power market in India that is looking for gas-based solutions,” says Partha Paul, Business Development Manager at Wärtsilä.
Wärtsilä has an installed capacity of 4000 MW in India, and globally 60 GW in 176 countries.
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Wärtsilä Energy Solutions in brief
Wärtsilä Energy Solutions is a leading global supplier of ultra-flexible power plants of up to 600 MW operating on various gaseous and liquid fuels. Our portfolio includes unique solutions for baseload, peaking, reserve and load-following power generation, as well as for balancing intermittent renewable energy. Wärtsilä Energy Solutions also provides LNG terminals and distribution systems. As of 2016, Wärtsilä has 60 GW of installed power plant capacity in 176 countries around the world.www.smartpowergeneration.com
Wärtsilä is a global leader in advanced technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation and total efficiency, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers.
In 2015, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 5 billion with approximately 18,800 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.
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