Wärtsilä Receives its First Power Plant Order From Uruguay
Wärtsilä has been awarded a contract to supply equipment and engineering for a new 80 MW baseload power plant for the electrical utility in Uruguay, UTE. The UTE Uruguay plant will supply electricity to the national grid. The plant is to be located within the existing Central Batlle power plant field in the capital Montevideo. Wärtsilä will deliver eight previously used Wärtsilä 12V46 engines that have been fully overhauled and reconditioned by Wärtsilä Services. This order represents Wärtsilä's first power plant installation in Uruguay, a country where some 70 per cent of the electricity is supplied by hydro power.
Wärtsilä was also awarded an operations and maintenance (O&M) agreement for two years with a further two years extension option. The order has been placed by the contracting group, a consortium made up of the two major construction companies in Uruguay, Teyma Uruguay SA and Saceem, which successfully bid for the project specifying Wärtsilä equipment.
Wärtsilä's ability to supply the equipment and engineering services within the very tight schedule stipulated was a key factor in the company winning this contract. The above mentioned fuel flexibility of the Wärtsilä engines has also been cited as being an important consideration.
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