Wärtsilä provides automation improve for iconic energy plant in Cameroon

The technology group Wärtsilä will carry out an upgrading project of the electrical and automation methods to ensure optimal reliability of the Kribi energy plant within the Republic of Cameroon.
The 216 MW plant has been in operation for practically ten years, working with 13 Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines running totally on natural gas. At the time of commissioning, it was the most important gas engine energy plant in Sub-Saharan Africa. Wärtsilä may also help the customer’s operational and maintenance performance with a 10-year long-term service agreement.
The order with Wärtsilä was positioned by Kribi energy development firm (KPDC), a subsidiary of Globeleq, an unbiased power producer (IPP) and the owner and operator of energy generating amenities throughout Africa. The order shall be booked in Wärtsilä’s order intake in Q3/2022.
“The Kribi power plant has a significant function throughout the African power sector. It remains to be at present supplying two-thirds of the thermal vitality in Cameroon. Cameroon’s energy system relies heavily on hydropower, however has unsure assets of water. The Kribi plant, subsequently, plays a key role in making certain a provide of safe, low-cost, and dependable energy. For this cause we are keen to improve 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 continuous basis throughout the framework of the long-term service agreement,” commented Gionata Visconti, Chief Operating Officer, Globeleq.
“Wärtsilä has a robust regional presence, which permits us to supply priceless technical help that optimises engine efficiency and maximises the manufacturing capabilities of this power plant which has such a major role in Cameroon’s power provide. Unusual are additionally ready to make sure the availability of crucial spare parts, and that is an essential component inside the long-term service agreement between our corporations. All in all, this is a crucial venture, both for the customer and for Wärtsilä,” stated Markus Ljungkvist, Vice President, Services, Wärtsilä Energy.
The venture is scheduled to begin 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 contains remote operational support, upkeep planning, technical advisory and remote troubleshooting providers, as properly as spare components.
Long-term service agreements are an integral part of Wärtsilä’s lifecycle providers offering. They are primarily based on utilisation of the latest digital technologies, and supported by the company’s extensive know-how and understanding of power generation installations.
Wärtsilä has altogether provided 550 MW of producing capability to the Republic of Cameroon, and 7.5 GW to the whole of Africa, of which greater than 25 per cent are covered by Wärtsilä service agreements.

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