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Wärtsilä Wins 170 MW Power Plant Contract

Posted on November 24, 2009

Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply a 170 MW gas-fired power plant to be installed in Antelope Station, located near Abernathy, Texas, U.S.A. The power plant is to be located close to significant wind farm generation, and will serve to stabilize the grid when the output from the wind farms change unexpectedly because of weather changes.

The contract was signed in November with Golden Spread Electric Cooperative, Inc. (GSEC), a consumer-owned public utility providing power to 16 member distribution cooperatives that serve 208 000 retail consumers. The new power plant will incorporate 18 Wärtsilä 20V34SG generating sets, along with mechanical, electrical and control auxiliaries, switchgear and exhaust emission controls. Additionally, Wärtsilä will provide installation and commissioning support, as well as factory training. The power plant, which is expected to achieve commercial operation in early 2011, will generate approximately 170 MW, enough to meet the peak load requirements of 55 000 homes.

A primary reason for selecting the Wärtsilä technology is its "quick start" capability. The engines are designed to achieve full operation in less than 10 minutes. With this new order, Wärtsilä has close to 1000 MW of flexible power plant capacity, either installed or on order, in the USA.

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