Wärtsilä wins 200 MW power plant contract in South America

PRESS RELEASE – Wärtsilä has won a contract to supply a flexible baseload 200 MW power plant to a country in the Northern Andes. The plant will be powered by 11 Wärtsilä 50SG engines running on natural gas.

Commercial operation is scheduled to commence at the end of 2021. When operational, the 200 MW plant will supply electricity to the national grid. The contract was signed in June.

The solution will provide the grid balancing capability that is essential with increasing amounts of intermittent wind and solar power generation entering the power systems. At the same time, it will serve as a capacity plant to back up the system in cases of shortage.

Wärtsilä is supplying and installing the plant on a full engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) basis. “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”, comments business development manager Gonzalo Granda of Wärtsilä Energy.

Sampo Suvisaari, energy business director for Latin America North at Wärtsilä Energy adds: “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.”

Author: Tobias Pieffers

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