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Wärtsilä To Supply Jordan With Tri-Fuel Power Plant

€184 million order place by AES Corp., plant to be installed adjacent to existing plant

Posted on January 2, 2013

A consortium headed by Wärtsilä received a turnkey contract in October 2012 – valued at €184million – to engineer, supply and install Amman Asia Electric Power’s 573 MW power plant in Al Manakher, Jordan. The group also signed two long-term service agreements that comprise a 15-year parts supply agreement, as well as a five-year technical service agreement with KEPCO Plant Service & Engineering Co. Ltd, the operations and maintenance contractor for the power plant.

The IPP4 Al-Manakher power plant is currently under construction next to the existing 50 MW power plant already in use and operated by Wärtsilä personnel under an Operations & Maintenance agreement. The company said the facility, which will supply electricity to Jordan’s national grid, will be the world’s largest tri-fuel power plant with a net electrical output of 573 MW.

The plant is to be powered by a total of 38 Wärtsilä 50DF multi-fuel engines and will be capable of using heavy fuel oil (HFO), distillate (DFO) or natural gas as fuel. Wärtsilä said it expects the plant to initially operate using HFO, but the fuel flexibility of its engine technology will enable a transition to environmentally sustainable natural gas operations once the infrastructure for a natural gas supply is in place. The first phase of the power plant project is expected to be operational by February 2014, with the entire plant scheduled to be in operation by September of that same year.

The government of Jordan is currently re-structuring and upgrading its national electricity grid to ensure that a reliable power supply is available throughout the country. This will be the third power plant that Wärtsilä has delivered to the country.

"There are a number of reasons why Wärtsilä was successful in winning this valuable contract," said Vesa Riihimäki, president, Wärtsilä Power Plants. "The prime reason, however, is our tri-fuel technology, which provides the customer with operational and fuel flexibility, high output efficiency and proven reliability. Furthermore, our ability to deliver this large turnkey project within a 17-month time frame was a major reason for Wärtsilä being awarded this contract."