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Wartsila bags Saudi power plant order

Umm Al-Qura Cement Company turns to Finnish firm for 47 MW unit.

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Wartsila has received an order from Saudi Arabia’s Umm Al-Qura Cement Company for a captive power plant.

The 47 MW unit will be delivered by February 2015 and the project will enter commercial operation by October 2015, the Finnish company said in a statement.

Located in the mountain desert close to Taif city, the plant will work in extreme conditions of temperatures up to 50 degrees Celsius and an altitude above 1000 metres.

It consists of five 20-cylinder Wartsila 32TS engines, a new 2-stage turbocharged version of the market-leading Wartsila 32 series.

The new version delivers reduced fuel consumption while complying with the World Bank EHS (Environment, Health and Safety) guidelines for NOx emissions, the statement said.

“This engine is tailor-made for hot conditions. That’s why we call it the ‘sauna’ engine. It is a result of our commitment to the extensive and long term development work of engine technology,” says Lars-Ake Kjell, Regional Director at Wartsila Power Plants.

“The Umm Al-Qura contract strengthens our leading position in Saudi Arabia. Wartsila already supplies four out of five power installations in the cement industry in the country.”

With this project, Wartsila has more than 1600 MW of installed power plant capacity in Saudi Arabia.

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