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Wärtsilä Wins 117 MWe Contract To Supply Turnkey Power Plant To Mombasa, Kenya

Posted on December 29, 2009

Wärtsilä has been awarded a turnkey contract to supply a complete power station for the Kipevu III thermal power project in Mombasa, Kenya's second largest city. The plant will generate 117 MWe and will supply electricity to the national grid.

Wärtsilä will supply seven of its Wärtsilä 18V46 engines, initially to be run on heavy fuel oil, to provide the generating capacity for flexible baseload supply. The delivery also includes a gas insulated switchgear substation for connection to the existing grid. The power plant will also provide the utility with reliable grid stability. When completed the Kipevu III project will bring a total generating capacity delivered by Wärtsilä to Kenya in excess of 350 MW.

In announcing the award of this contract, Tony van Velzen, regional director for Africa, Wärtsilä Power Plants, commented: "Our customer requested a fast track project with reliable equipment at a competitive price, and Wärtsilä was able to meet these demands. Additionally, the engines can be converted to gas when gas supply is locally available. Our local presence and ability to provide service support was also a critical factor in our being selected."

The contract was signed in November and the plant is scheduled to be operational in January 2011. The order has been placed by the Kenya Electricity Generating Company Ltd (Kengen), a partly state owned utility.

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