Wärtsilä supplies automation improve for iconic power plant in Cameroon

The expertise group Wärtsilä will carry out an upgrading venture of the electrical and automation methods to make sure 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 13 Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines operating primarily on pure gasoline. At the time of commissioning, it was the largest fuel engine energy plant in Sub-Saharan Africa. Wärtsilä may also assist the customer’s operational and upkeep efficiency with a 10-year long-term service settlement.
The order with Wärtsilä was positioned by Kribi energy growth firm (KPDC), a subsidiary of Globeleq, an unbiased energy producer (IPP) and the owner and operator of power producing amenities across Africa. The order will be booked in Wärtsilä’s order consumption in Q3/2022.
“The Kribi power plant has a vital role throughout the African energy sector. It remains to be right now supplying two-thirds of the thermal energy in Cameroon. Cameroon’s energy system depends closely on hydropower, however has uncertain resources of water. The Kribi plant, subsequently, plays a key position in guaranteeing a provide of safe, cheap, and dependable energy. For this reason we’re keen to improve the facility plant’s automation systems to the latest design to ensure optimal reliability, and to strengthen our cooperation with Wärtsilä, leveraging their competences on a steady foundation throughout the framework of the long-term service agreement,” commented Gionata Visconti, Chief Operating Officer, Globeleq.
“Wärtsilä has Running out , which allows us to offer useful technical support that optimises engine performance and maximises the production capabilities of this energy plant which has such a significant function in Cameroon’s energy provide. We are also able to ensure the supply of crucial spare elements, and this is a vital factor inside the long-term service settlement between our corporations. All in all, it is a crucial project, both for the customer and for Wärtsilä,” mentioned Markus Ljungkvist, Vice President, Services, Wärtsilä Energy.
The venture is scheduled to commence in 2023. To make positive 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 services, as well as spare parts.
Long-term service agreements are an integral a half of Wärtsilä’s lifecycle services providing. They are based on utilisation of the most recent digital applied sciences, and supported by the company’s in depth know-how and understanding of power era installations.
Wärtsilä has altogether equipped 550 MW of generating capability 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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