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Wärtsilä offers automation improve for iconic energy plant in Cameroon

The know-how group Wärtsilä will perform an upgrading project of the electrical and automation systems to ensure optimum reliability of the Kribi power plant within the Republic of Cameroon.
The 216 MW plant has been in operation for practically ten years, working with thirteen Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines working primarily on pure fuel. At the time of commissioning, it was the biggest gasoline engine energy plant in Sub-Saharan Africa. ไดอะแฟรม ซีล will also support the customer’s operational and maintenance performance with a 10-year long-term service settlement.
The order with Wärtsilä was positioned by Kribi power improvement company (KPDC), a subsidiary of Globeleq, an impartial power producer (IPP) and the owner and operator of energy producing amenities across Africa. The order will be booked in Wärtsilä’s order intake in Q3/2022.
“The Kribi energy plant has an important role within the African energy sector. diaphragm seal continues to be right now supplying two-thirds of the thermal power in Cameroon. Cameroon’s power system depends closely on hydropower, but has uncertain assets of water. The Kribi plant, subsequently, plays a key position in making certain a supply of secure, cheap, and reliable power. For this reason we’re keen to improve the power plant’s automation methods to the most recent design to ensure optimal reliability, and to strengthen our cooperation with Wärtsilä, leveraging their competences on a continuous basis inside the framework of the long-term service agreement,” commented Gionata Visconti, Chief Operating Officer, Globeleq.
“Wärtsilä has a powerful regional presence, which allows us to provide valuable technical support that optimises engine efficiency and maximises the production capabilities of this power plant which has such a major role in Cameroon’s power provide. We are also ready to make sure the availability of critical spare elements, and that is an essential element within the long-term service settlement between our corporations. All in all, this is a crucial venture, both for the customer and for Wärtsilä,” mentioned Markus Ljungkvist, Vice President, Services, Wärtsilä Energy.
The challenge is scheduled to start in 2023. To make certain the continuity of the plant’s output, the work shall be carried out on one engine at a time. The long-term service agreement contains distant operational assist, upkeep planning, technical advisory and distant troubleshooting companies, as nicely as spare elements.
Long-term service agreements are an integral part of Wärtsilä’s lifecycle services offering. They are based mostly on utilisation of the most recent digital applied sciences, and supported by the company’s extensive know-how and understanding of energy technology installations.
Wärtsilä has altogether supplied 550 MW of producing capability to the Republic of Cameroon, and seven.5 GW to the whole of Africa, of which greater than 25 per cent are coated by Wärtsilä service agreements.