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Wärtsilä Power Plant for Saudi Cement Factory

Posted on August 8, 2005

Wärtsilä has won a contract to deliver a 45 MW power plant to Riyadh Cement Company (RCC) in Saudi Arabia. The value of the contract is reportedly US$32 million. The plant will be fully operational during the first half of 2007. The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract features six Wärtsilä 20V32 heavy fuel oil fired generating sets. The 20-cylinder Wärtsilä 32 engines were chosen because they meet the customer’s requirements at the high ambient temperature of 50°C and the plant’s high altitude (835 metres above sea level), according to the company.

To help meet a strong demand for cement throughout the country, Riyadh Cement Company (RCC) is one of the first companies to make a decision to set up a cement plant of a capacity of 5000 tons per day. The cement plant will be located approximately 75 km southwest of Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia is currently experiencing a significant growth in construction projects as the government is spending heavily on building new infrastructure projects including roads, schools and other public buildings. This development is a part of the government’s strong commitment to improving the living standards for its people.

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