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Wärtsilä Wins Power Plant Orders From Greece And Cyprus

Posted on July 20, 2009

Wärtsilä has further strengthened its role in supplying electricity to the Eastern Mediterranean islands with the award of two new orders. One order has been received to supply power generation equipment to the island of Lesvos belonging to Greece, and the other to Cyprus. The combined value of these orders is approximately US$57million and were booked during the first half of this year.

The contracts represent a total output of 72 MWe. The two new orders bring Wärtsilä's power generating capacity in the region, either installed or on order, to more than 600 MW. Local electricity demand surges dramatically during the tourist season when the resident population of some 120,000 people is outnumbered many times over by tourists. Wärtsilä's decentralised power plants offer a flexible and highly efficient means of meeting these increases in demand and, at the same time create low environmental impact.

The strict environmental protection norms of the EU require that the power plants are equipped with the best available harmful emission reduction technologies, and that they use very low sulphur content fuel oils. The Wärtsilä engines are equipped with the latest low emission technical solutions. Furthermore, since the Cyprus plant is located near the town of Larnaca, it is also equipped with a separate nitrogen oxides reduction system to remove most of the flue gas nitrogen oxides.

The state-owned Public Power Corporation has awarded turnkey contract for Wärtsilä to supply additional generating capacity to its power plants on the Greek island of Lesvos. The contract represents an extension to an existing power plant, with the extra 22 MW capacity needed to meet the huge increase in demand that occurs during the tourist season. The Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC), a public utility, has ordered a power plant with three Wärtsilä 18V46 engines, which will deliver over 50 MWe of energy. The new plant is located in Dhekelia, near the town of Larnaca in Cyprus. The new plant is a turnkey delivery by the Danish contractor BWSC, and is scheduled for full operation in summer 2010. Wärtsilä has supplied power plants to the Eastern Mediterranean islands continuously since 1986.

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