First Wärtsilä Mozambique O&E Contract
Plant to be powered by 18 Wärtsilä 34SG engines; agreement includes training of local employees
Wärtsilä has signed an Operations & Maintenance (O&M) agreement with Central Termica de Ressano Garcia – owned by Sasol New Energy from South Africa – and the Mozambique state utility, Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM). The three-year agreement covers the company's gas engine power plant in Ressano Garcia, Mozambique.
The Central Termica de Ressano Garcia plant will be powered by a total of 18 Wärtsilä 34SG engines running on natural gas, with the gas being fed from the Pande and Temane gas fields. The company said it will be the largest power plant running exclusively on gas engines to be installed in Mozambique, and the second largest on the entire African continent. The power plant is scheduled for completion by May 2014 and the electricity produced will be sold to EDM.
Once completed, the power plant will significantly contribute to Mozambique's power generating infrastructure, helping meet the country's growing demand for electricity.
By taking responsibility for operating and maintaining this power plant, Wärtsilä said it will ensure that it delivers the design output with maximum efficiency and minimal environmental impact. Furthermore, because of its low emissions this project will be a major advance in developing low carbon electricity generation in the region, the company said.
Wärtsilä will undertake all aspects of operating and maintaining the power plant including labor, spare parts, maintenance, administration, human resource services, the training of local employees of Central Termica de Ressano Garcia, technical support, logistics management and security.
The Central Termica de Ressano Garcia agreement is Wärtsilä's first O&M agreement in the Republic of Mozambique.