Wärtsilä offers automation upgrade for iconic energy plant in Cameroon

The expertise group Wärtsilä will carry out an upgrading venture of the electrical and automation methods to ensure optimum reliability of the Kribi energy plant within the Republic of Cameroon.
The 216 MW plant has been in operation for nearly ten years, operating with 13 Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines operating primarily on pure gas. At the time of commissioning, it was the largest gasoline engine power plant in Sub-Saharan Africa. Wärtsilä may also support the customer’s operational and maintenance performance with a 10-year long-term service agreement.
The order with Wärtsilä was positioned by Kribi power growth firm (KPDC), a subsidiary of Globeleq, an unbiased power producer (IPP) and the proprietor and operator of energy generating amenities throughout Africa. The order might be booked in Wärtsilä’s order consumption in Q3/2022.
“The Kribi power plant has a vital role inside the African power sector. It remains to be right now supplying two-thirds of the thermal vitality in Cameroon. Cameroon’s power system relies closely on hydropower, but has uncertain sources of water. The Kribi plant, due to this fact, performs a key role in guaranteeing a provide of secure, low cost, and dependable power. For this reason we are keen to upgrade the power plant’s automation techniques to the most recent design to ensure optimum reliability, and to strengthen our cooperation with Wärtsilä, leveraging their competences on a steady basis within the framework of the long-term service settlement,” commented Gionata Visconti, Chief Operating Officer, Globeleq.
“Wärtsilä has a strong regional presence, which enables us to supply useful technical help that optimises engine efficiency and maximises the production capabilities of this energy plant which has such a major function in Cameroon’s power provide. We are also ready to make sure the provision of crucial spare elements, and this is an essential factor inside the long-term service agreement between our companies. All in all, this is a crucial challenge, each for the customer and for Wärtsilä,” stated Markus Ljungkvist, Vice President, Services, Wärtsilä Energy.
The challenge is scheduled to start in 2023. To ensure the continuity of the plant’s output, the work will be carried out on one engine at a time. The long-term service agreement consists of distant operational support, upkeep planning, technical advisory and distant troubleshooting companies, in addition to spare elements.
Long-term service agreements are an integral a half of Wärtsilä’s lifecycle providers offering. They are based mostly on utilisation of the most recent digital applied sciences, and supported by the company’s extensive know-how and understanding of energy generation installations.
ส่วนประกอบpressuregauge has altogether provided 550 MW of producing capability to the Republic of Cameroon, and seven.5 GW to the entire of Africa, of which more than 25 per cent are lined by Wärtsilä service agreements.

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