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Wärtsilä Contracted To Operate and Maintain Coal-Fired Power Plant in India

Posted on December 23, 2009

Wärtsilä has been awarded an important operations and maintenance (O&M) contract by the Vedanta Group company, Hindustan Zinc, India, a global producer of zinc and lead. The contract covers the complete operation and maintenance of the entire coal-fired power plant, including the coal and ash handling facilities and the de-mineralized water plant. This 160 MW capacity power plant, located in Rajpura Dariba, near Udaipur in Rajasthan, is part of Hindustan Zinc’s Phase-III expansion plans.

The order is of particular significance for Wärtsilä as it involves running and servicing generating equipment not supplied by Wärtsilä. When fully completed, the power plant will supply electricity to the Dariba Mines mining and smelting complex. The first phase of the power project is expected to be commissioned on March 1, 2010 and the final phase by August 2010.

Wärtsilä provides operations and management services that maintain the lifetime productivity of the customer’s investment. By signing an operations and maintenance agreement with Wärtsilä, the customer can focus on his core business while Wärtsilä ensures the optimal performance of the installation. Wärtsilä operates and maintains 130 installations, with a total output of close to 4900 MW, all over the world. The company employs approximately 1900 people for its global O&M activities.

Wärtsilä already has O&M agreements for six other sites owned by the same group, producing a total combined electrical output of 180 MW, In all, Wärtsilä is currently contracted to operate and maintain close to 60 power plants with approximately 1000 MW of generating capacity throughout India. Hindustan Zinc is India’s only, and the world’s second largest, integrated producer of zinc and lead.

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