Wärtsilä signs power plant supply agreement with KVK Energy Group in India
Wärtsilä, a leading global supplier of decentralised power plant solutions, has signed an agreement with KVK Energy Group to supply power generating equipment and engineering for a gas power plant to be built in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, India.
The scope of supply includes 8 Wärtsilä W20V34SG gas engine generators and auxiliaries, as well as the engineering, erection and commissioning of the power plant. Construction has already begun as part of a previous order in March 2010 when 3 engines were contracted. With the extension of this new contract for a further 8 engines, the power plant will produce a combined output of over 100 MW. These 8 engine generator sets and related equipment will be delivered in the second half of 2011, and the entire plant will be fully operational by the end of the year. However, 2 of the previously ordered sets will start producing electricity at the end of October 2010 already.
The Rajahmundry power plant will initially provide baseload power to the national grid, but in the mid to long term it will be used for meeting the grid’s peak load requirements.
Mr Ole Johansson, President & CEO, Wärtsilä Corporation, said, “This order is an exciting opportunity for Wärtsilä in terms of gas based power generation in India. The power plant is a perfect example of the operational flexibility that is characteristic of our power generating technology. Wärtsilä gas power plants can be used for both baseload operation and grid stability or peaking applications, and as the customer’s need changes, so can the operational profile of our plants.”
Wärtsilä’s flexible gas power plants combine high power density with quick starts, durability, excellent load pickup performance and easy maintenance. They have the highest simple cycle efficiency available in the industry. They offer constant performance over varying ambient conditions, low lifecycle costs and rapid response to varying grid conditions. They also comply to even the strictest local emissions legislation.
Mr K. Vijay Kumar, Chairman and Managing Director of KVK Energy Group, added: “We are happy to partner with Wärtsilä, a global leader in decentralised power plant solutions. Our requirements are for a scalable power plant, outstanding project management, and overall operating economics, and Wärtsilä meets all these needs.” The KVK Energy Group is a holding company that has developed a portfolio of power plant projects of various sizes, using a variety of fuels and technologies, across the country.
Wärtsilä in India – a preferred partner
In total, Wärtsilä has delivered over 250 power plants to India with a total output of around 3500 MW. At more than 60 plants in India (including steam & wind turbine plants), representing a total output of over 1000 MW, Wärtsilä takes care of the operation and maintenance on behalf of its customers.
Wärtsilä has delivered engines to vessels belonging to the Indian Navy, Coast Guard, Port Trusts, merchant shipping, floating cranes and offshore rigs. In Khopoli, Wärtsilä manufactures gear boxes and auxiliaries/pipe modules, and reconditions and upgrades engines, ship propellers and components. The Wärtsilä Land and Sea Academy located in the same facility, provides training and competence management services to power plant owners and ship owners.
Wärtsilä in brief
Wärtsilä is a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising technological innovation and total efficiency, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers.
In 2009, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 5.3 billion with more than 18,000 employees. The company has operations in 160 locations in 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Finland.
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