Wärtsilä Wins Service Contracts In Pakistan
Wärtsilä has been awarded operations and maintenance (O&M) agreements by the Nishat Group of Companies for two of its power plants in Pakistan. The 5-year agreements call for Wärtsilä to operate, maintain, and supply all labor and spare parts for the Nishat Power Limited (NPL) and Nishat Chunian Power Limited (NCPL) plants. NPL and NCPL are Independent Power Producers (IPP) supplying electricity to Pakistan's national grid.
Each of these two plants will utilize 11 Wärtsilä 18V46 engines and a steam turbine to produce a total electrical output of 200 MWe. Both the NPL & NCPL power plants are located near the city of Lahore, and are scheduled to become operational in the 3rd quarter of 2009 and 1st quarter of 2010, respectively. "Wärtsilä and the Nishat Group have worked together as one team throughout the development of both these projects, which are now undergoing installation and commissioning. We are very happy with the level of support that we have received from Wärtsilä, and have been extremely satisfied with the company's products and services. This experience encouraged us to award operations and maintenance agreements for both the projects to Wärtsilä," says Mr. Mian Mohammad Mansha, Chairman of the Nishat Group.
Wärtsilä has a strong presence in Pakistan, with nearly 1800 MW of Wärtsilä power plants either in operation or under construction. The Nishat O&M orders mean that more than half of this output will be operated and maintained by Wärtsilä's own personnel under O&M agreements. "We have supplied the power plants for several businesses belonging to the Nishat Group, including these two plants. Wärtsilä has an O&M agreement for the 33 MW captive power plant at DG Cement, which is also a part of the Nishat Group. We are delighted and honored to continue our excellent relationship with Nishat. Our proven track record in Pakistan, together with our local service support and capabilities are key factors in Wärtsilä being entrusted with the operational responsibility for these two power plants," says Christoph Vitzthum, Group Vice President, Wärtsilä Services.
Wärtsilä O&M agreements are tailored to the needs of its customers. The O&M agreement program is designed to cover all aspects of operating and managing an installation, including O&M planning, day-to-day operation, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, administration, human resources and training, technical support, logistics management and security. This comprehensive program enables the plant owner to focus on the company's core business, whilst Wärtsilä ensures optimal plant performance throughout the complete operational cycle, from receiving fuel to supplying energy. Globally, Wärtsilä operates close to 140 power plant installations in 30 countries, supplying a total of close to 4700 MW of power.
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