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Wärtsilä Wins Contract to Extend Italian Bio-fuel Plant

Posted on May 11, 2005

Wärtsilä has been contracted by ItalGreen Energy, part of the Casa Olearia Italiana Group (COI), a major Italian food oil producer, to extend a liquid biofuel power plant in Monopoli, Italy. A third Wärtsilä 18V32 engine is to be added to the plant, which is already powered by two similar engines running on liquid biofuel (vegetable oil).

In 2003, ItalGreen Energy took delivery of two Wärtsilä 18V32 generating sets in the Monopoli plant with a total power output of 16 MWe. The two sets have since August 2004 accumulated 5000 running hours in commercial operation with an average plant availability of more than 95%. After completion of the extension with the third generating set, ordered in December 2004, the total combined heat and power (CHP) plant output will reach 24 MWe. The extended baseload power plant, scheduled to come on stream in summer 2005, will be the largest liquid biofuel-fired plant ever built.

The main purpose of the Monopoli power plant, located inside an existing vegetable oil refinery, is to generate 'green' electricity to be sold to the national grid through a 150 kV connection at a fixed price. The plant also produces steam and electrical power to meet factory process demands.

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