Mammoet and UTC Overseas instal Wartsila 50SG engines in Colombia

Mammoet, and the Houston-based company, UTC Overseas participated in the transportation and installation of eleven engines, manufactured by the Finnish Wärtsilä group, for the Tesorito Power Plant, in Córdoba Province, Colombia.

The Finnish company signed an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract in June of 2020, to deliver the functional plant to Termotesorito, a joint-venture between Celsia, Proelectrica, and the natural gas provider Canacol. These Wärtsilä 50SG engines, once operational, will be fuelled by natural gas from local gas wells. Wärtsilä’s 200 MW flexible base-load power plant project will provide important grid balancing and back-up power to Colombia’s national grid.

Road transportation

The engines were moved in transport convoys, three at a time, 130 kilometres from Tolu (Sucre) to El Viajano (Cordoba). To stay on schedule, this was done before the engines arrived in port. Thanks to this alternative route, the engines did not need to be dismantled.

Due to these engines being the heaviest cargo ever to be transported on Colombian public roads, Mammoet, with the assistance of Boom Logistics Colombia removed obstacles from the designated path, avoiding cities, ahead of transportation. This included the reinforcement of certain low-capacity bridges, the removal of obstacles like pedestrian bridges, and raising power lines.

Energy Transition

This project is part of Colombia’s ambitions to act as a regional leader in the energy transition. For instance, the gateway to South America is part of the Renewable Energy for Latin America and the Caribbean (RELAC) initiative, and is also a part of the United Nations 2021 High-Level Dialogue on Energy. In particular, the country is developing wind farms in the Guajira region.

Author: Emma Dailey

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