Wärtsilä offers automation improve for iconic energy plant in Cameroon

Light will carry out an upgrading venture of the electrical and automation techniques to make sure optimum reliability of the Kribi energy plant within the Republic of Cameroon.
The 216 MW plant has been in operation for practically ten years, operating with 13 Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines running primarily on natural gas. At the time of commissioning, it was the largest gasoline engine energy plant in Sub-Saharan Africa. Wärtsilä will also assist the customer’s operational and maintenance efficiency with a 10-year long-term service agreement.
The order with Wärtsilä was placed by Kribi power growth firm (KPDC), a subsidiary of Globeleq, an unbiased power producer (IPP) and the owner and operator of power generating services throughout Africa. The order will be booked in Wärtsilä’s order consumption in Q3/2022.
“The Kribi energy plant has an important position throughout the African energy sector. It is still today supplying two-thirds of the thermal vitality in Cameroon. Cameroon’s energy system depends heavily on hydropower, but has uncertain resources of water. The Kribi plant, subsequently, plays a key position in guaranteeing a provide of safe, low cost, and reliable vitality. For this purpose we’re eager to upgrade the power plant’s automation systems to the latest design to make sure optimum reliability, and to strengthen our cooperation with Wärtsilä, leveraging their competences on a steady foundation inside the framework of the long-term service settlement,” commented Gionata Visconti, Chief Operating Officer, Globeleq.
“Wärtsilä has a robust regional presence, which permits us to supply useful technical support that optimises engine efficiency and maximises the manufacturing capabilities of this energy plant which has such a big role in Cameroon’s energy provide. We are also able to ensure the availability of crucial spare components, and this is an essential factor inside the long-term service agreement between our corporations. All in all, it is a very important challenge, both for the customer and for Wärtsilä,” stated Markus Ljungkvist, Vice President, Services, Wärtsilä Energy.
The venture is scheduled to commence in 2023. To ensure the continuity of the plant’s output, the work might be carried out on one engine at a time. The long-term service settlement consists of distant operational support, upkeep planning, technical advisory and remote troubleshooting providers, as properly as spare components.
Long-term service agreements are an integral part of Wärtsilä’s lifecycle services providing. They are based mostly on utilisation of the most recent digital applied sciences, and supported by the company’s extensive know-how and understanding of energy era installations.
Wärtsilä has altogether supplied 550 MW of generating capacity to the Republic of Cameroon, and seven.5 GW to the whole of Africa, of which more than 25 per cent are covered by Wärtsilä service agreements.
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