Wärtsilä offers automation upgrade for iconic energy plant in Cameroon

The know-how group Wärtsilä will perform an upgrading challenge of the electrical and automation methods to ensure optimal reliability of the Kribi energy plant in the Republic of Cameroon.
The 216 MW plant has been in operation for nearly ten years, operating with thirteen Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines working primarily on natural gasoline. At the time of commissioning, it was the largest gasoline engine energy plant in Sub-Saharan Africa. Wärtsilä may even assist the customer’s operational and maintenance performance with a 10-year long-term service settlement.
The order with Wärtsilä was placed by Kribi power improvement company (KPDC), a subsidiary of Globeleq, an impartial power producer (IPP) and the proprietor 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 vital position within the African energy sector. It remains to be right now supplying two-thirds of the thermal power in Cameroon. Cameroon’s energy system depends closely on hydropower, but has uncertain sources of water. The Kribi plant, subsequently, plays a key function in guaranteeing a supply of protected, low-cost, and dependable vitality. For this purpose we are keen to upgrade the facility plant’s automation methods 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 settlement,” commented Gionata Visconti, Chief Operating Officer, Globeleq.
“Wärtsilä has a robust regional presence, which permits us to offer priceless technical assist that optimises engine performance and maximises the manufacturing capabilities of this power plant which has such a big position in Cameroon’s power supply. We are additionally ready to make sure the availability of important spare elements, and this is an important element throughout the long-term service settlement between our corporations. All in all, it is a essential challenge, each for the client and for Wärtsilä,” mentioned Markus Ljungkvist, Vice President, Services, Wärtsilä Energy.
The venture is scheduled to begin in 2023. To make sure the continuity of the plant’s output, the work shall be carried out on one engine at a time. diaphragm seal -term service agreement consists of distant operational assist, maintenance planning, technical advisory and remote troubleshooting companies, as properly as spare parts.
Long-term service agreements are an integral part of Wärtsilä’s lifecycle companies offering. They are based mostly on utilisation of the latest digital applied sciences, and supported by the company’s intensive know-how and understanding of energy technology installations.
Wärtsilä has altogether supplied 550 MW of generating capability to the Republic of Cameroon, and 7.5 GW to the whole of Africa, of which greater than 25 per cent are coated by Wärtsilä service agreements.
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