18 December 2012 – Wärtsilä has signed a contract to engineer, supply and install a major gas fuelled power plant to Mozambique. This will be the biggest gas power plant ever installed in Mozambique and second largest power plant running exclusively on gas engines to be installed on the African continent. In addition to the power plant itself, the turnkey contract includes the construction of a sub-station and a gas pipeline.
The value of the power plant contract is US$180 million. The contract has been signed with the joint venture Central Termica de Ressano Garcia, owned by Sasol New Energy from South Africa and the Mozambique state utility, Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM). The plant will be powered by a total of 18 Wärtsilä 34SG engines running on natural gas, with the gas being fed from the Pande and Temane gas fields. The power plant is scheduled for completion by May 2014, and the electricity produced will be sold to EDM. Once completed, the power plant will be an important part in the development of the power generation infrastructure of Mozambique.
The selection of Wärtsilä gas engine technology for this project has been based on a number of considerations. Notably, Mozambique is a country with considerable gas reserves but with a scarcity of water resources. Thus, Wärtsilä’s gas engine technology that features closed-circuit cooling with minimal water consumption was a natural choice.
"There is rapidly growing demand in Mozambique for electricity, and Wärtsilä has demonstrated its capability to provide competitive and comprehensive turnkey power plants with outstanding operational efficiency and minimum environmental impact. Furthermore, Wärtsilä has excellent track record in project management and fast track delivery of power plants, which also were key considerations for them selecting us," says Vesa Riihimäki, president power plants, Wärtsilä Corporation.
Wärtsilä’s presence in southern Africa is becoming increasingly significant, and is likely to strengthen further as the use of natural gas fuel continues to be developed. A new Wärtsilä gas power plant built for Sasol New Energy in Sasolburg, South Africa is currently in the final stages of installation.
As of to date, Wärtsilä has delivered 470 power plants to Africa with a total output of 5,000 MW. Globally, Wärtsilä has delivered 4,600 power plants in 169 countries with a total generating capacity of close to 49 GW.