Jordan tri-fuel power deal announced
Wartsila-led group set to build 573MW facility
A Wartsila-led consortium has won a US $552 million contract to construct a 573 MW power plant in Jordan. The new facility is set to be the world’s biggest tri-fuel power plant, and will be capable of utilising gas, heavy fuel oil and light fuel oil as its principle fuel.
Wartsila’s share of the contract is put at $334 million; with its engine technology enabling the site to switch ‘seamlessly’ to natural gas operation once infrastructure is put in place. Wartsila has said that its technology will also mean that the plant’s water use will be close to zero.
Consortium partner in the deal is South Korean based Lotte Engineering & Construction, whilst the order was placed by Amman Asia Electric Power – an IPP in which Wartsila has a minority interest. The project firm has agreed a 25-year power purchase agreement with Jordan’s National Electric Power Company, with the electricity fed to the country’s main grid.
Korea Electric Power Corporation of South Korea (KEPCO) and Mitsubishi Corporation are the other shareholders in the project company.
“KEPCO has worked together with Wartsila and Mitsubishi in an outstanding cooperation to ensure this project is a success. As the leading global supplier of flexible and efficient power plant solutions, Wartsila suggested this efficient multi-fuel combustion engine technology solution to meet the requirements of the proposal, which was the critical success factor in the bid. We also trust Wartsila to professionally and competently lead the EPC consortium for the successful completion of this major and important project,” said Amman Asia Electric Power Company CEO, Young Jin Bae.
The power plant will be sited in Al Manakher, 30km outside of Amman. Power will be delivered in three phases – with the first phase scheduled for commercial operation in February 2014.
A total of 38 Wartsila 50DF multi-fuel engines will power the site, producing a firm constant capacity of 573 MW when taking account of the ambient conditions in the country.