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Wartsila Building Tri-Fuel Plant In Jordan

Power plant will be able to run on natural gas, heavy and light fuel oil

Posted on October 10, 2012

A Wärtsilä-headed consortium has received a US$552 million turnkey contract to build a 573 MW tri-fuel power plant in Jordan. When completed, it will be capable of using natural gas, heavy fuel oil and light fuel oil as its main fuels.

Initially, the plant will operate on heavy fuel oil, but the fuel flexibility of Wärtsilä’s engine technology will enable a transfer to natural gas operation once the infrastructure for a natural gas supply is in place, the company said.

Wärtsilä’s consortium partner is South Korean-based Lotte Engineering & Construction. The order has been placed by Amman Asia Electric Power, a special purpose independent power producer. The project company will supply electricity to the National Electric Power Company of Jordan (NEPCO) under a 25-year power purchase agreement. The electricity will be fed to the Jordanian national grid.

The plant, powered by 38 Wärtsilä 50DF multi-fuel engines, will be fitted with a NOx control system for emissions abatement. It is located in Al Manakher, about 30 km outside Amman. The facility will be delivered in three phases, with the first scheduled to be in commercial operation in February 2014, and the entire plant being operable by September 2014.