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Wärtsilä To Keep Power Flowing In Brazil

Posted on March 1, 2012

Wärtsilä has signed a three-year Operation & Maintenance (O&M) agreement with Energética Suape II SA in Brazil. The agreement is for the 380 MW Suape II power plant, which is equipped with 17, 20-cylinder Wärtsilä 46F engines in V-configuration, and is the biggest plant ever built by Wärtsilä, the company said.

The plant, which was inaugurated at the end of December, will feed electricity to the national grid when fluctuations in the supply of hydro power create a need for compensatory capacity, Wärtsilä said. Hydro power accounts for about 90% of Brazil’s electricity production, but is subject to fluctuations due to seasonal rainfall levels.

A Wärtsilä team will be permanently on-site to operate and maintain the power plant, with all major maintenance handled by Wärtsilä’s field service teams.

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