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Wärtsilä to Provide Peaking Power Plant in USA

Posted on August 18, 2005

In May 2005, R. L. Turner Corporation of Indiana, USA, signed a contract with Wärtsilä for the purchase of an 8.4-megawatt plant. The order, valued at approximately US$4.4 million, consists of one Wärtsilä 20V34SG natural gas fuel engine. R. L. Turner will be responsible for installation of the equipment and other modifications of the Rensselaer Power Plant.

"We are anxiously awaiting our Wärtsilä engine which will make the city of Rensselaer more self sufficient and better able to serve the needs of our citizens," said Herbert Arihood, the city's mayor. Robert Bennett, utility coordinator for the city, said: "With this additional capacity we will be able to supply our load under circumstances that leave other communities in the dark."

The plant, which will be located in Rensselaer, Indiana, is expected to operate at peak electricity periods during the year and increase reliability of service to the city. The installation will be completed during spring 2006.

The standard Wärtsilä intermediate and peaking plant is a pre-engineered power plant, designed to run parallel with the transmission grid when electric demand is at its highest. The new Wärtsilä engine plant, together with an existing 11-megawatt steam electric power plant, will be used to control present and future power supply costs, provide for greater system reliability and afford the opportunity for the sale of power.

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