The expertise group Wärtsilä will carry out an upgrading venture of the electrical and automation techniques to ensure optimum reliability of the Kribi power plant within the Republic of Cameroon.
The 216 MW plant has been in operation for almost ten years, working with thirteen Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines operating primarily on natural fuel. At the time of commissioning, it was the largest gas engine power plant in Sub-Saharan Africa. Wärtsilä will also support the customer’s operational and upkeep efficiency with a 10-year long-term service settlement.
The order with Wärtsilä was placed by Kribi energy improvement firm (KPDC), a subsidiary of Globeleq, an impartial power producer (IPP) and the owner and operator of power generating services across Africa. The order shall be booked in Wärtsilä’s order intake in Q3/2022.
“The Kribi energy plant has a significant role throughout the African power sector. It continues to be at present supplying two-thirds of the thermal energy in Cameroon. Cameroon’s power system relies heavily on hydropower, however has uncertain sources of water. The Kribi plant, due to this fact, plays a key role in ensuring a supply of protected, low cost, and dependable power. For this reason we’re keen to upgrade the ability plant’s automation systems to the most recent design to make sure optimal reliability, and to strengthen our cooperation with Wärtsilä, leveraging their competences on a steady foundation inside the framework of the long-term service settlement,” commented Gionata Visconti, Chief Operating Officer, Globeleq.
“Wärtsilä has a robust regional presence, which permits us to offer priceless technical support that optimises engine performance and maximises the production capabilities of this power plant which has such a significant position in Cameroon’s energy supply. We are also ready to ensure the supply of crucial spare components, and that is an important factor inside the long-term service settlement between our companies. All in all, this is a very important venture, both for the customer and for Wärtsilä,” said Markus Ljungkvist, Vice President, Services, Wärtsilä Energy.
The project is scheduled to begin in 2023. To ensure the continuity of the plant’s output, the work shall be carried out on one engine at a time. The long-term service settlement includes distant operational support, maintenance planning, technical advisory and remote troubleshooting companies, as well as spare elements.
Long-term service agreements are an integral part of Wärtsilä’s lifecycle services offering. เกจวัดแรงดันต่ำ are based mostly on utilisation of the newest digital technologies, and supported by the company’s extensive know-how and understanding of power technology installations.
Wärtsilä has altogether equipped 550 MW of generating capacity to the Republic of Cameroon, and 7.5 GW to the whole of Africa, of which more than 25 per cent are lined by Wärtsilä service agreements.