Wärtsilä provides automation upgrade for iconic energy plant in Cameroon

เพรสเชอร์เกจ -how group Wärtsilä will perform an upgrading project of the electrical and automation systems to ensure optimum reliability of the Kribi energy plant within the Republic of Cameroon.
The 216 MW plant has been in operation for almost ten years, operating with thirteen Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines running primarily on natural gasoline. At the time of commissioning, it was the biggest gas engine energy plant in Sub-Saharan Africa. Wärtsilä may even help the customer’s operational and upkeep efficiency with a 10-year long-term service settlement.
The order with Wärtsilä was placed by Kribi energy development firm (KPDC), a subsidiary of Globeleq, an impartial energy producer (IPP) and the owner and operator of energy generating amenities across Africa. The order will be booked in Wärtsilä’s order consumption in Q3/2022.
“The Kribi power plant has a vital role inside the African power sector. It remains to be right now supplying two-thirds of the thermal vitality in Cameroon. Cameroon’s power system depends heavily on hydropower, but has uncertain resources of water. The Kribi plant, subsequently, performs a key position in making certain a provide of safe, low cost, and reliable energy. For this purpose we’re keen to upgrade the ability plant’s automation methods to the most recent design to ensure optimum reliability, and to strengthen our cooperation with Wärtsilä, leveraging their competences on a steady basis inside the framework of the long-term service settlement,” commented Gionata Visconti, Chief Operating Officer, Globeleq.
“Wärtsilä has a strong regional presence, which allows us to provide valuable technical assist that optimises engine performance and maximises the production capabilities of this power plant which has such a significant position in Cameroon’s energy provide. We are additionally ready to make sure the availability of crucial spare parts, and this is an important factor within the long-term service settlement between our companies. All in all, this could be a essential challenge, each for the customer and for Wärtsilä,” said Markus Ljungkvist, Vice President, Services, Wärtsilä Energy.
The venture is scheduled to start in 2023. To ensure the continuity of the plant’s output, the work shall be carried out on one engine at a time. The long-term service settlement includes distant operational assist, upkeep planning, technical advisory and distant troubleshooting providers, as well as spare components.
Long-term service agreements are an integral a part of Wärtsilä’s lifecycle companies offering. They are primarily based on utilisation of the most recent digital technologies, and supported by the company’s extensive know-how and understanding of power generation installations.
Wärtsilä has altogether provided 550 MW of generating capability to the Republic of Cameroon, and 7.5 GW to the entire of Africa, of which more than 25 per cent are lined by Wärtsilä service agreements.

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