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Wärtsilä To Operate And Maintain Nigerian Power Plant

Posted on November 19, 2009

Wärtsilä has been awarded an operations and maintenance (O&M) contract for 10 years by Lafarge Cement WAPCO Plc, a cement manufacturer, to run its cement plant power station in Nigeria.

The O&M contract, signed in September, calls for Wärtsilä to undertake all aspects of operating and maintaining the on-site power plant, including labor, spare parts, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, administration, human resource services and training, technical support, logistics management and security. The power plant is currently under construction and is scheduled to be in full commercial operation in January 2011. The 100 MW plant will supply electricity to a new cement works being built. Lafarge Cement WAPCO will double its capacity from two million tonnes to over four million tonnes of cement produced by 2011. The expansion project will further assist the company to meet the local demand of cement in Nigeria.

The power plant is a turnkey project by Wärtsilä, and will be powered by six Wärtsilä 18V50DF engines that can operate on either heavy fuel oil, light fuel oil, or gas. When operational, the Ewekoro power plant will, together with other plants already delivered by Wärtsilä, bring the total combined generating capacity supplied by Wärtsilä to Nigeria to approximately 400 MWe. Wärtsilä has O&M contracts for some 150 MW of this generating capacity.

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