The expertise group Wärtsilä will perform an upgrading venture of the electrical and automation methods to make sure optimal reliability of the Kribi power plant in the Republic of Cameroon.
The 216 MW plant has been in operation for almost ten years, working with thirteen Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines running totally on pure gas. At pressure gauge of commissioning, it was the largest fuel engine energy plant in Sub-Saharan Africa. Wärtsilä may also assist the customer’s operational and maintenance performance with a 10-year long-term service settlement.
The order with Wärtsilä was placed by Kribi power growth company (KPDC), a subsidiary of Globeleq, an unbiased power producer (IPP) and the proprietor and operator of power producing amenities across Africa. The order might be booked in Wärtsilä’s order intake in Q3/2022.
“The Kribi energy plant has a vital position within the African power sector. It is still at present supplying two-thirds of the thermal vitality in Cameroon. Cameroon’s energy system relies heavily on hydropower, but has uncertain sources of water. The Kribi plant, subsequently, performs a key function in making certain a provide of safe, cheap, and dependable power. For this reason we’re eager to improve the facility plant’s automation techniques to the latest design to ensure optimum reliability, and to strengthen our cooperation with Wärtsilä, leveraging their competences on a continuous basis throughout the framework of the long-term service settlement,” commented Gionata Visconti, Chief Operating Officer, Globeleq.
“Wärtsilä has a robust regional presence, which enables us to provide valuable technical help that optimises engine efficiency and maximises the manufacturing capabilities of this power plant which has such a significant position in Cameroon’s energy provide. We are also ready to ensure the availability of crucial spare elements, and this is an essential factor inside the long-term service agreement between our corporations. All in all, this is a essential project, each for the shopper and for Wärtsilä,” mentioned Markus Ljungkvist, Vice President, Services, Wärtsilä Energy.
The challenge 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 agreement consists of remote operational support, upkeep planning, technical advisory and remote troubleshooting companies, as properly as spare components.
Long-term service agreements are an integral a part of Wärtsilä’s lifecycle providers providing. They are based mostly on utilisation of the most recent digital applied sciences, and supported by the company’s intensive know-how and understanding of power era installations.
Wärtsilä has altogether supplied 550 MW of producing capacity to the Republic of Cameroon, and 7.5 GW to the whole of Africa, of which more than 25 per cent are coated by Wärtsilä service agreements.