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Wärtsilä 50DF Dual-Fuel Engines for Pakistani Plants

Posted on January 14, 2006

Wärtsilä Corporation has been awarded two separate contracts to supply natural gas-fuelled Wärtsilä 50DF engines for two captive power plants in Pakistan. The 50DF is the most powerful dual-fuel engine on the market today and provides for high-efficiency power generation from natural gas. The two contracted plants will have the first 50DF dual-fuel engines in Pakistan.

One contract, received in October 2005, is for an 18-cylinder Wärtsilä 50DF engine to be installed in an extension at the Maple Leaf Cement Factory in the Punjab, Pakistan. This 16.5 MWe set will operate on natural gas, with heavy fuel oil as the back-up fuel. The plant is scheduled to be in operation in the autumn of 2006.

Similarly, an 18-cylinder Wärtsilä 50DF engine is to be supplied for a power plant at the cement works of D.G. Khan Cement Co in Khairpur in the Punjab, Pakistan. D.G. Khan Cement Co is a member of the Nishat group of companies with businesses including cement, textiles and banking. The set will also operate on natural gas with heavy fuel oil as the back-up fuel. The contract was awarded in November 2005, and the delivery is due in September 2006.

In the past year, there has been a surge in demand for cement in Pakistan, and there are a number of projects there to increase cement-making capacity through both expansion of existing cement works, such as Maple Leaf Cement, and new plants, for example the D.G. Khan Cement Khairpur project. With these developments, there is a corresponding need for additional power to supply the new cement-making capacity, a large demand that cannot be met by the national grid.

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