Wärtsilä Contracted to Supply African Power Plant
Wärtsilä has signed a contract to supply and install a gas engine power plant in Kribi, a sea port lying on the Gulf of Guinea coast in the Republic of Cameroon. The new plant is scheduled to be commissioned and operational before the end of 2011. The order for this power plant project has been placed by the Independent Power Producer (IPP), Kribi Power Development Company (KPDC), an affiliate of AES Corporation. The power will be distributed to more than half a million consumers by AES SONEL, the privatized electric utility of Cameroon.
The scope of supply includes Wärtsilä 18V50DF dual-fuel engines that will run primarily on gas. The electricity generated will be fed to the national grid. The new power plant is needed in order to meet the increasing demand for power in the country. In addition, It is estimated that the construction of the power plant will create more than 500 jobs for local workers, and its operation will require the training of more than 60 skilled workers.
This project follows the December 2009 inauguration of the 86 MW Dibamba power plant in Yassa, Cameroon, which utilizes eight Wärtsilä 18V38 engines for its electricity generation. The Kribi project will bring the total power output supplied by Wärtsilä engines in Cameroon to nearly 450 MW.
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