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Wärtsilä Turning On The Power In Alaska

Posted on March 13, 2012

Wärtsilä will supply the engineering and generating equipment for a new power plant set for installation in Alaska, U.S.A., thanks to a US$106 million order it received from Matanuska Electric Association (MEA), a Palmer, Alaska based member-owned co-operative utility.

The scope of supply includes 10, 18-cylinder Wärtsilä 50DF (V configuration) dual-fuel generating sets that operate primarily on natural gas. In the event of an interruption to the gas supply, however, the dual-fuel technology allows the engines to switch to an alternative fuel (light fuel oil). Wärtsilä will also supply specified auxiliary equipment.

The electricity produced at the plant will add power to the local grid, to MEA’s roughly 6400 km of transmission and distribution lines, and provide power to more than 100 000 households.

Delivery is scheduled for the fall of 2013, with the plant expected to be fully operational by the end of 2014.

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