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Wartsila to supply Oman with 120MW power plant

Finnish company will deliver smart powergen unit in late 2016.

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The Wartsila plant at Musandam
The Wartsila plant at Musandam

Wartsila has been contracted to supply a 120 MW Smart Power Generation plant for Musandam Power Company (MPC) in Northern Oman.

The contract for the plant, which is scheduled to be fully operational in late 2016 and will be delivered on a turn-key basis, includes a long-term service and maintenance agreement of 15 years.

“Musandam Power Company has selected an optimal internal combustion engine (ICE) configuration for this project, following a complete pre-qualification and tendering process, to deliver flexible and sustainable energy to the Musandam Governorate,” said Mohammed Al-Abduwani, chairman of the board of MPC, a majority-owned subsidiary of Oman Oil Company.

“In partnership with Wartsila, the environmentally friendly Musandam Power Plant will use clean natural gas as the main fuel to maintain the stability of the local electricity supply, and support sustainable development in the Governorate.”

The Smart Power Generation plant will consist of 15 Wartsila 34DF dual fuel engines using natural gas as the main fuel and light fuel oil as back-up.

It will meet the dynamic load demand in the rapidly developing Musandam governorate, responding to load variations between 10 and 120 MW.

It will operate in high humidity and extreme temperatures of up to 50 degrees. The plant is designed to operate in island mode in the isolated Musandam grid which means reliability is imperative.

“Reliability and availability is guaranteed by the modular design of the plant, providing sufficient stand-by capabilities to meet the future dispatch requirement,” said Lars-Ake Kjell, Regional Director of Wartsila Power Plants.

“We are proud to showcase the capabilities of our ICE solution against competing generation technologies in this open tendering process. Our competitive edges were lifecycle value, operational flexibility and high efficiency,” he added.

Finland-based Wartsila has a total installed capacity in the Middle East of approximately 7,000 MW.

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