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Wärtsilä delivers 40 MW engineered equipment for MCM Power to meet Myanmar’s increasing energy demand


The technology group Wärtsilä has been awarded a 40 MW extended engineered equipment supply contract for a power plant in Shwe Taung, southern central part of Myanmar. The baseload power plant will feed the national grid and will help to alleviate the country’s ongoing energy shortage. The order by independent power producer (IPP) MCM Power with Wärtsilä was placed in September 2019, and the delivery is being expedited on a fast-track basis.

The plant will operate on four Wärtsilä 34SG engines fueled by natural gas to provide environmentally sound and affordable power to the region. The plant is expected to become operational in April 2020. The plant is planned to double the output to 80 MW at a future date.

Demand for electricity is rapidly increasing in Myanmar, and the country’s Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE) has estimated that peak demand will rise to 4531 MW in 2020 from the 2018 demand of 3500 MW, an increase of nearly 24 percent. Additional power generation is, therefore, urgently needed and the plant will help MCM Power meet its power purchase agreement (PPA) obligations to supply electricity to the national grid.

Mr. U Aung Hlaing Oo, Managing Director of MCM Power, commented: “MCM is a co-owner in another power plant supplied by Wärtsilä in Myanmar, so we have very good experience with the efficiency of the Wärtsilä engines, as well as with the support and cooperation that the company has given us. We look forward to continuing this partnership. The levelised cost of energy provided by the Wärtsilä solution to Shwe Taung is very favourable and the new power plant helps us to meet the obligations towards MOEE.”

“Wärtsilä’s commitment to its customers is yet an other time illustrated with this order that we are delivering on a fast-track basis to meet an urgent situation. The plant will provide a much needed reliable power supply to the local area, and will also create employment opportunities because of this,” said Nicolas Leong, Sales Director, North & East Asia, Wärtsilä Energy Business.

Wärtsilä has earlier supplied a 145 MW power plant to Kyaukse township in the Mandalay region of Myanmar. This also was delivered and installed on a fast-track basis because of the country’s urgent need of additional generating capacity.

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Wärtsilä Energy Business in brief
Wärtsilä Energy Business is leading the transition towards a 100% renewable energy future. As an energy system integrator, we understand, design, build and serve optimal power systems for future generations. Wärtsilä’s solutions provide the needed flexibility to integrate renewables and secure power system reliability. Our offering comprises engine-based flexible power plants – including liquid gas systems – hybrid solar power plants, energy management systems and storage and integration solutions. We support our customers over the lifecycle of their installations with services that enable increased efficiency and guaranteed performance. Wärtsilä has 70 GW of installed power plant capacity in 177 countries around the world.

Wärtsilä in brief
Wärtsilä is a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation, total efficiency and data analytics, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2018, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 5.2 billion with approximately 19,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 80 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. 

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