Wärtsilä provides automation upgrade for iconic energy plant in Cameroon

เพรสเชอร์เกจลม will perform an upgrading project of the electrical and automation techniques to make sure optimum reliability of the Kribi power plant within the Republic of Cameroon.
The 216 MW plant has been in operation for practically ten years, operating with thirteen Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines working primarily on pure gas. At the time of commissioning, it was the biggest fuel engine energy plant in Sub-Saharan Africa. Wärtsilä will also help the customer’s operational and maintenance performance with a 10-year long-term service settlement.
The order with Wärtsilä was positioned by Kribi power development company (KPDC), a subsidiary of Globeleq, an unbiased power producer (IPP) and the proprietor and operator of power generating facilities throughout Africa. The order will be booked in Wärtsilä’s order consumption in Q3/2022.
“The Kribi energy plant has an important role inside the African power sector. It is still today supplying two-thirds of the thermal energy in Cameroon. Cameroon’s energy system depends closely on hydropower, however has uncertain sources of water. The Kribi plant, subsequently, performs a key role in guaranteeing a provide of protected, cheap, and reliable vitality. For this purpose we’re keen to upgrade the facility plant’s automation techniques to the latest design to ensure optimum reliability, and to strengthen our cooperation with Wärtsilä, leveraging their competences on a steady basis throughout the framework of the long-term service agreement,” commented Gionata Visconti, Chief Operating Officer, Globeleq.
“Wärtsilä has a powerful regional presence, which enables us to supply useful technical assist that optimises engine performance and maximises the manufacturing capabilities of this power plant which has such a major function in Cameroon’s energy provide. We are also able to make sure the availability of important spare elements, and that is an important component throughout the long-term service settlement between our corporations. All in all, it is a very important venture, both for the shopper and for Wärtsilä,” stated Markus Ljungkvist, Vice President, Services, Wärtsilä Energy.
The challenge is scheduled to commence in 2023. To make sure the continuity of the plant’s output, the work might be carried out on one engine at a time. The long-term service agreement contains remote operational support, maintenance planning, technical advisory and remote troubleshooting companies, in addition to spare elements.
Long-term service agreements are an integral a part of Wärtsilä’s lifecycle providers offering. They are primarily based on utilisation of the newest digital applied sciences, and supported by the company’s extensive know-how and understanding of energy generation installations.
Wärtsilä has altogether equipped 550 MW of producing capacity to the Republic of Cameroon, and seven.5 GW to the entire of Africa, of which greater than 25 per cent are covered by Wärtsilä service agreements.

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