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Power Expansion

Posted on September 27, 2011

Wärtsilä has received contracts to expand two existing power plants, which the company will deliver, in Senegal, Africa. These contracts, valued at nearly €60 million, were signed with Senelec, the country's public utility company.

Wärtsilä will supply turnkey extension equipment to two existing power plants. The Bel Air power plant was built in 2005 and the Kahone plant in 2006. Both facilities are powered by 18-cylinder Wärtsilä 46 engines, and are maintained and operated by Wärtsilä under a 15-year agreement signed in 2006. The extension projects will provide two additional 18-cylinder Wärtsilä 46 engines to each site, which will increase output by 34 MW to reach a total of 102 MW on each site.

Wärtsilä has supplied power plants to West Africa before. In Senegal alone, Wärtsilä has supplied 14 power plants with a combined electrical output of more than 220 MW.

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